Helping communities build playgrounds for children


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Web http://kaboom.org/


About the project Edit

KaBOOM! is an American non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children. Their mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Darell Hammond and Dawn Hutchison founded KaBOOM! in 1996. They were inspired to start KaBOOM! after reading a story in The Washington Post about two local children who suffocated while playing in an abandoned car because they had nowhere else to play. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo.In June 2009, KaBOOM! volunteers worked with United States First Lady Michelle Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver to build a playground in San Francisco. The playground construction was commissioned under the Obama Administration's summer "United We Serve" initiative.

KaBOOM! organizers build a playground set during a single day. The process begins about six months before the actual construction, when KaBOOM! seeks a funding partner, searches for an appropriate site and considers the economic needs of the neighborhood. About 10 weeks before the playground build, project managers visit the community and speak to children about what types and colors of playground equipment they prefer. Three different designs are drafted and the community chooses the final one. A typical playground ranges from between $70,000 and $125,000. KaBOOM! requires its local communities to raise about 10% of the cost, which Darell Hammond described as "a way of engaging the community to solve its own challenges".


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

KaBOOM! has built an innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests, to alleviate both a lack of places to play within walking distance of every child and a lack of community engagement.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

KaBOOM! believes that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. KaBOOM! inspires mass action for the cause of play, empowers individuals to take action on behalf of play and works to create playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Since its foundation, KaBOOM! has constructed over 1,700 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America.

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