KaBOOM! Playground Build Day: June 30th

Partners Join Forces to Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play in Dotsero
200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Dotsero Mobile Home Park

Volunteers from the Colorado Health Foundation, Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District (WECMRD) and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, June 30 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Dotsero Mobile Home Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Dotsero.

The June 30th build day requires 200+ volunteers to bring the playground to fruition. If you would like to volunteer visit wecmrd.org/kaboom to fill out the online form or contact Susie Davis from Our Community Foundation – susie@ourcommunityfoundation.org, 970-977-1093.

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Currently, the Dotsero Mobile Home Park community has no public park or playspace within walking distance and no funds available to build one. The nearest facility is in the neighboring town of Gypsum, CO. The project partners believe that kids and families deserve a safe place to play and recreate – this park will award that opportunity. Along with a kid-friendly playground, the park will also include a fitness station circuit for adults to ensure kids and their caregivers can play together in one place. Through this project, WECMRD will work with the Foundation and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.

In May, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 240 kids in Dotsero with a great, safe place to play.

This playground is part of the Foundation’s locally-focused work that is designed to harness ideas that are generated at the local level and reflect the community’s needs. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! and the Foundation are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

WHEN: Saturday, June 30
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick-off ceremony
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
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony
(Times approximate)

WHERE: Dotsero Mobile Home Park
4675 Hwy 6
Gypsum, CO 81637

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers
Jeanne McQueeney, Jill Ryan and Kathy Chandler-Henry – Eagle County Commissioners
Jeff Shroll – Eagle County Manager
Tanya Weinberg – Senior Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation

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