Building playgrounds is a core initiative for us. Playgrounds give children a safe place to be physically active while building their minds and spirits through imaginative play and interaction with other children. Playgrounds also provide a much needed gathering place to bring children, families and communities together.
But, the world desperately lacks the playgrounds it needs.
In the US alone:
– only 1-in-5 children lives within walking distance of a park or playground
– 50% of New York City schools have no access to playgrounds
– 30,000 schools in the US no longer have recess
We partner with other organizations to fund and build new playgrounds. Every year we identify two communities in the tri-state area and one in Haiti in great need of a new playground. We raise the funds to make these playgrounds a reality. And we support the annual playground build by the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons with funds and a team of volunteers.
We have fully or partially funded eighteen playgrounds since 2010. Twelve of these have been in the US, three in Haiti and one in Afghanistan.
Playground Builds in Haiti
In 2013, with the generous support of a major donor, Susan Weil, we were able to extend our impact to hundreds of children in Haiti. We have completed three new playgrounds for communities that would otherwise have no access to safe playgrounds. We will build our fourth playground there in December 2015. Read more
Upcoming Playground Builds
If you would like your organization to be considered for a playground build, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue our work in Haiti with plans to build two new and much needed playgrounds in the Port au Prince area in 2016.
Some of Our Playground Locations
Spring Creek Towers, East New York, Brooklyn, NY
Jesse Allen Park, Newark, NJ
Freeport Community Center, Freeport NY
PS#27, Paterson, NJ
Butler Beach, Berkeley Township, NJ PS#29, Paterson, NJ The Nicolas School, Mirebalais, Haiti The Community Rectory in Thibaue, Haiti Grand Goave, Haiti Girls School in Afghanistan