As the sun was setting on March 4, children in Anaheim had a great new place to play.
The new playground at Schweitzer Park (238 S. Bel Air St.) was fully assembled in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 volunteers, including local community residents, City of Anaheim and Anaheim Family YMCA volunteers, Disney VoluntEARS and KaBOOM! organizers
Todayâ€™s playground will provide more than 2,000 children in Anaheim with a safe place to play. Planning for the playground began at a design day event held in January. Children from Schweitzer Elementary School and local community leaders met with organizers from Disney and KaBOOM! to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design.
â€œParks are vital to the health and social infrastructure in Anaheim,â€ said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.Â â€œSimply put, parks are fun.Â Parks are natural settings for children and their parents to spend more time together, and parks provide opportunities so we can know our neighbors better.Â On behalf of the City of Anaheim, our thanks to KaBOOM!, Disney and the Y for their continued investment in our City.Â I look forward to watching our residents enjoy the new play equipment and the new revitalized park setting at Schweitzer Park.â€
â€œThis collaborative project embodies the Yâ€™s focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,â€ said Paul Andresen, president and CEO of the Anaheim Family YMCA. â€œThis is the third playground we’ve worked on since 2011, and it shows how the power of collaboration canÂ create lasting opportunities for youth and families to be healthy and active together.â€
â€œEvery child deserves to have a great place to play and weâ€™re thrilled to continue our work with Disney in striving toward that goal,â€ said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! founder & CEO. â€œThanks to the efforts from Disney, KaBOOM!, the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Family YMCA, we moved one step closer to the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.â€
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together community interests and business to construct more than 2,200 new places to play across North America.Â The new playground is one of dozens made possible with support from Disney and is an extension of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles. By the end of 2013, Disneyâ€™s support will bring the magic of play to more than 50,000 kids and families.
â€œFor more than 60 years, Walt Disney Imagineering has been dreaming up and creating magical places for families to come and play together,â€ said Craig Russell, Chief Design and Delivery Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. â€œWe are excited to participate in this KaBOOM playground build along with our colleagues from the Disneyland Resort and our community partners to help create even more places for families to have fun.â€