Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families

05/19/16
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
City of Tampa : Tony Mulkey, 813-274-7723, tony.mulkey@tampagov.net
Foresters Financial: Jennifer Peckett, 647-290-1025, jpeckett@foresters.com
KaBOOM!: Lucy Nutting, 202-464-6195, lnutting@kaboom.org

**MEDIA ALERT**
Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families
Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Copeland Park
Photo/Interview Opportunities Available

WHAT:

More than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™ (@weareforesters), the City of Tampa (@tampaparksrec), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Tampa community will join forces on Saturday, May 21, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Copeland Park. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in March.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Foresters Family Fun Zone (arts & crafts, games & more for children and families)
8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Best viewing of playground construction
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Final construction phase
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. -  Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate playground

(Times are approximate)  

WHERE:
Copeland Park
11001 N 15th St
Tampa, FL, 33612

WHY:
The existing playground at Copeland Park is in need of replacement. Over its 15 year lifespan, the new playground will eventually serve more than 2,000 children and their families in the community, providing them with a safe place to play.

Playgrounds provide an opportunity for families to spend quality time together and get to know other families in their community. A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. It’s a pillar in the community.

Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, helps families reach their financial goals, protect themselves and make a lasting difference in their communities. This year, Foresters and KaBOOM! are proudly celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their partnership. Since 2006, Foresters has invested more than $11.5 million with KaBOOM! to build more than 130 playgrounds – including 5 in Tampa - across the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2016. Over their 15-year lifespan, these playgrounds will strengthen the community and provide more than 4.5 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together.

KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. #playmatters

VISUALS:
Before and after shots
Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment
Volunteers moving 1,200 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 operating 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.

Foresters
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. We provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals and make a lasting difference in their lives and communities. For over 140 years, Foresters Financial has built a foundation of financial strength and a commitment of giving back to our clients and members and the communities where they live. For more information, visit foresters.com.

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries. 413563C US (05/16)

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 and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.