ADVISORY: SATURDAY -- 200 Volunteers Improve Tampa Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play

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City of Tampa – Parks &  Recreation Department: Tony Mulkey, 813-274-7723,
Bank of America - Tampa: Stefanie Stricklin, 859-760-4941,
Gerdau: Kaley Goodfellow 813-207-2235
KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482,       

200 Volunteers Improve Tampa Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play
Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Fair Oaks Park Community Center

WHAT: More than 200 volunteers from Bank of America (@BankofAmerica), Gerdau (@gerdau)City of Tampa – Parks & Recreation Department (@CityofTampa), East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and the community will join forces on Saturday, December 5, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Fair Oaks Park Community Center. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in September.                                                                                                                      

WHEN:  Saturday, December 5                                                                                                                                   

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.                Kick-off ceremony

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.             Best viewing of playground construction

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.                Final construction phase

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                Ribon-cutting ceremony

(Times approximate)

Where: Fair Oaks Park Community Center, 5019 N. 34th St., Tampa, FL 33610

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers

WHY:   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 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids (#playmatters).

The new playground will bring more than 5,200 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.

Currently, the playground at Fair Oaks Park Community Center is 15-20 years old and in need of replacement.  This new playground will provide the kids of the surrounding community with a safe, accessible place to play.

The playground is the 11th built by Bank of America and KaBOOM! (the 7th in Tampa), and the 3rd built by Gerdau and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. Bank of America and Gerdau support KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.


Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving more than 42,120  square feet of safety surfacing by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department

The Parks and Recreation Department’s 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. We offer a diverse range of programming for all members of the community while maintaining and operation over 3,500 acres of park land, with more than 170 parks, 23 community centers, 14 aquatic facilities, and over 60 miles of multi-purpose trails. 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.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,700 retail financial centers, approximately 16,100 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with 32 million active users and more than 18 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to 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. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or



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