Foresters, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Tampa Recreation & KaBOOM! Encourage Quality Family Time by Building Playground in One Day

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WHAT: More than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Tampa Recreation, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces on Saturday, Nov. 3 to build a new playground at Temple Crest Park. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in September. The playground build will also include a Foresters Family Fun Zone featuring arts & crafts, games and activities for families and children throughout the day.

WHY: The new playground will eventually serve thousands of children and their families in the Tampa community, providing them with a safe place to play every year. Playgrounds provide an opportunity for families to spend quality time together and get to know other families in their community. Currently, the children who play at Temple Creek Park only have old, out-dated equipment, which will be replaced by the new playground.

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.

The project is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead in 2012 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

WHEN: Saturday, November 3
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Foresters Family Fun Zone (arts & crafts, games & more for children and families)
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment
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 and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
(Note: all times approximate)

WHERE: Temple Crest Park
8116 N. 37th St.
Tampa, FL 33604

WHO: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn;
Hundreds of volunteers from the community

VISUALS: Before and after shots of the site
Volunteers assembling brightly colored playground equipment
Volunteers moving 43,740 square feet of safety surfacing by hand
Families and children participating in arts & crafts and games
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

About the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department
The Tampa 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. Tampa has more than 3500 acres of open parkland. Tampa Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of athletic, recreational, art, and educational programs and activities for all ages. We invite you to explore our parks online at

About Friends of Tampa Recreation
The Friends is a not for profit organization that supports the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department through fund raising opportunities. The Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc. seeds new ideas, rewards initiative and enables other to help promote access and interest in the leisure amenities of Tampa.

About Foresters
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with over one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit 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.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,200 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit