Children to Design the Playground of their Dreams

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It may have monkey bars, swings, slides, tetherball, and a rock-climbing wall -- whatever it ends up with it will be the playground of their dreams and it will begin on Tuesday, August 9 at 5 p.m. with the children from the neighborhood surrounding Cuscaden Park, located at 2900 N. 15th Street. 

A professional playground designer from KaBoom!, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities, will meet with the children to help them design their own play space. Parent are also encouraged to attend and give input beginning at 6 p.m.

Once the plans are finalized, the community playground build will take place on Saturday, October 22. In less than eight hours, the playground that these children dreamed about in on August 9, will become a reality as 200 volunteers build the playground from scratch.  The project is funded in part by the Friends of Tampa Receation, Inc., a not for profit organization that raises funds to support the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department's programs and activities.

This is the fourth time the City of Tampa has teamed with the national playground builder KaBoom! to create a new play space in Tampa. The first community playground build took place in 2007 at Highland Pines Park. For more information, please call 274-8714.