Before and after: Apopka volunteers create more ways for kids to play 

From The City of Apopka

The Apopka community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Lake Avenue Park. In less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters FinancialTM, the City of Apopka and non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 1,200 children and their families in the local community for years to come.

“We believe in enriching lives and building strong communities – that’s our purpose,” said Tony Garcia, President, and CEO, Foresters Financial. “Playgrounds are important because they provide a public space where children can play safely, families can spend quality time and the community can come together. An investment in a playground is an investment in the community, and we are happy to provide the Apopka community with a place that families can enjoy for years to come.”

Before…

The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in January when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.

Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, helps families reach their financial goals, protect themselves and make a lasting difference in their communities. Since 2006, Foresters has invested more than $13 million with KaBOOM! to build more than 140 playgrounds across the US and Canada by the end of 2017. Over their 15-year lifespan, these playgrounds will help to strengthen the community and provide more than 5 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together.

…and after!

“This playground is an ideal partnership for the Apopka community to come together with KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to create a truly special place for kids, where they can play, share and grow together,” said Apopka Mayor, Joe Kilsheimer.

Green spaces and safe play structures where children and families can enjoy and spend time together are sparse in many high-density communities. Playing outdoors is an important part of every child’s healthy development and the creation of this new playground will allow thousands of children to play safely and be active in their community.

Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

5 COMMENTS

  1. It looks very nice in so glad they put a play groun there . Hope they plan on doing the same thing to the space by the ninth grade center where they tore down the play area that was once there that was never taken care of .

  2. Such a great improvement, I’m really impressed with all the groups and volunteers which were involved. It is about time the parks were revitalized!

  3. What happened to the big cement picnic tables that used to be at the park? Why couldn’t they have stayed there to have somewhere to sit and picnic? I really like the purple triple slides, the turtle ride, and the bulldozer, very cute, but the music shop piece, I don’t see the purpose of it at all. The lattice work covered benches for the parents to sit and watch their kids in the play area, are very nice, they are constructed very well. Great carpentry work there! I think the bike rack should have been metal, instead of wood. I think the seating should have been something other than wood material, so little kids won’t get splintered butts. Now the tire swing, I don’t like it at all! I prefer the regular swings, and only one swing across that great big long rack? Of course, the kids helped design the playground, and if they are happy, that is what counts! Everyone did a wonderful job working on the park!

  4. At the Kit Land Nelson, why are they going to take out the tennis courts to put the splash pad??????? That is my understanding of what they are intending to do. Why take the tennis courts out? People love to go there and play tennis. They could leave the tennis courts there, and still put the splash pad somewhere else in the KLN park or the Edward Field, or even near the Fran Carlton Building. It seems to me, that if there is something from the old administration, it must go and be changed! Much like Trump undoing Obama’s executive orders, but here in this town it is structures, park amenities, landscaping, etc. that is going the wayside, for no reason! So ridiculous! They even hauled off the bench that was sitting there in front of those hideous cattails at Dream Lake. I will have to look again from the road, but I don’t see the bench??????????

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