200 Volunteers Improve Tampa Kids' Lives and Futures with Play

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Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at the Kwane Doster Community Center

Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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More than 200 volunteers from Target (@target), the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department (@tampaparksrec), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and the community will join forces on Wednesday, November 7th to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at the Kwane Doster Community Center. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in August.   




Wednesday, November 7th


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.        

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.       

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       

(Times approximate)

Kick-off ceremony

Best viewing of playground construction

Final construction phase

Ribbon-cutting ceremony




Kwane Doster Community Center

7506 S Morton St

Tampa, FL 33616




Hundreds of community volunteers

Bob Buckhorn, Mayor

Paul Dial, Director of Parks and Recreation





A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 17,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 9 million kids (#playmatters).


The new playground will bring more than 1,100 kids in Tampa one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Tampa more playable.


The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is excited to participate in its 10th KaBOOM! community playground build. This playground will help to ensure that every child has an opportunity for play.




Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground


About City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

Our highest priority is to meet the Mayor's goal of advancing the quality of life in Tampa's neighborhoods by delivering consistent services; maintaining the safety and appearance of city parks and recreation facilities; and instilling community pride. Our parks and facilities feature amenities to suit all interests including athletic fields and courts; arts, performance and event spaces; fitness and wellness opportunities; marine and waterfront areas; natural and open spaces; playgrounds and picnic shelters; just to name a few.


About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,816 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.


About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids


City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department: Ashley Bauman, 813-274-8262, ashley.bauman@tampagov.net

KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell, 202-464-6164, cfinnell@kaboom.org