On May 2, 2015, in celebration of Disneyland Resortâ€™s 60th anniversary this year, more than 700 volunteers transformed 27-acre Twila Reid Park in west Anaheim.
This marks the eighth Orange County KaBOOM! playground built and largest nationwide, providing vibrant play spaces to more than 13,500 kids.
â€œWe are proud to join with KaBOOM! to continue Disneyland Resortâ€™s 60-year legacy of giving back to the community,â€ said Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier. â€œBy creating this playground, we are giving Anaheim families a new space to be active and make memories together.â€
This is Disneyâ€™s 60th KaBOOM! playground nationwide, built by the largest group of volunteers to date.Â From hauling dirt to assembling the new play equipment, volunteers from the Anaheim Family YMCA, city of Anaheim and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County (CVCOC), along with Anaheim residents, Disney VoluntEARS and organizers from KaBOOM!, completed the playground in eight hours. The playground design is inspired by drawings by kids in the Anaheim Achieves after school program that took place on a special Design Day event in February.
Since 2007, Disney has been committed to creating playgrounds where children and families can play together and be active. This commitment 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 2015, Disneyâ€™s support will bring the magic of play to more than 83,000 kids and families across the country.
â€œIt is an honor to celebrate Disneylandâ€™s 60th anniversary milestone with Disney by giving back to the Anaheim community,â€ said KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond. â€œAt KaBOOM!, we believe every kid deserves a childhood, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive, and our partner, Disney understands this well. Their work is creating a more playable community and ensuring a bright future for all kids in Anaheim.â€
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive, serving 7.4 million kids through the restoration and construction of 16,000 playgrounds across the country.
â€œThis is another wonderful opportunity for our children in Anaheim to benefit from the kindness of community-focused organizations in our City,â€ said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.Â â€œOur children need places to play, where their parents can also gather and get to know each other.Â I call that being a good neighbor. I am grateful to KaBOOM!, Disney, the Y, and all who are making this possible.â€
â€œThis playground does more than get kids and families active. It creates lasting memories,â€ said Rich Good, YMCA President and CEO.Â â€œAfter today, echoes of kidsâ€™ laughter will fill this place. Children will learn how to swing on their own, theyâ€™ll shout for joy when they make it to the bottom of the slide and theyâ€™ll make new friends through imagination play. We are here today giving back because we were once those kids, and now, we want families to know that this community is here to help them reach their full potential.â€