Volunteers Build Dream Playground for All Ages at Gateway Park Apartments

Home Forward, Humana, Inc., KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,100 playgrounds), and volunteers will join forces on Saturday, September 22 to build a one-of-a-kind multi-generational playground at Home Forward's Gateway Park Apartments.

The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana, a leading health and wellness company, was created with personal drawings and input from Gateway Park residents -- from children to seniors -- and will be built in six hours.

The unique space will have senior-focused and adult elements, such as fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility, as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to build a truly multi-generational space.  The project also will create an area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.

Children living at Gateway Park resort to playing in a parking lot, while parents and grandparents spend most of their time indoors, because there are no outdoor exercise stations or play opportunities for children within walking distance.  The new 1,710-sq. -ft. playground will effectively address these needs.

The playground will be built by hundreds of volunteers, who will roll up their sleeves in a fun, old fashioned barn raising with a playful twist.

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 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 89,000 places to play and built more than 2,100 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in cities across the country.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being.

September 17, 2012