From the Wires
Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize Winter Garden Community with New Playground
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 17, 2012 03:01 PM
Playground to enhance family well-being
WINTER GARDEN, FL, Nov. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for special needs children in Winter Garden as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built with the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, UCP of Central Florida and non-profit KaBOOM!. Annually, the playground will serve 700 children and their families in the local community.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together," said Bruce Burak, National Sales Manager, US Branch, Foresters. "A playground is an important piece for the revitalization of a community. Not only does it provide a first step towards keeping children healthy, but it's a safe, central location for the entire neighborhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in October when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the final playground design.
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.
"Without the collaboration of UCP, KaBOOM! and Foresters, UCP's Winter Garden children would be limited on play," said Dr. Ilene Wilkins, CEO/President of UCP of Central Florida. "Now, children of all abilities will be able to learn, grow, and play on the accessible playground. The playground provides therapeutic benefits that will help our children develop and reach their full potential."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, UCP and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as slides, swings, and accessible features for children of all abilities.
About UCP of Central Florida
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
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