Last weekend a group of Walt Disney World Cast Member VoluntEARS came together with other community partners to build a new KaBOOM! playground in Clermont, Florida. The project was part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebration of the Disney VoluntEARS program.
Planning for the playground started in March at a “Design Day” event where local kids had a chance to meet with KaBOOM!, Nature Explore, and Disney to design the new play space. One unique area in the new playground is an outdoor classroom that is meant to inspire children to explore their creativity while connecting with nature.
After nearly six hours of work, the VoluntEARS had installed new swings, a rock-climbing wall, and spiral slides along with seesaws and monkey bars.
“Every child deserves to have a great place to play and we’re thrilled to continue our work with Disney in striving toward that goal,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! founder & CEO. “Thanks to the efforts from Disney, KaBOOM!, the City of Clermont, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties and Nature Explore, we moved one step closer to the KaBOOM!vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.”
Disney is working to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles and this playground is one of dozens made possible with support from the company. KaBOOM! has used its community-build model to bring together community interests and businesses to construct more than 2,200 new playgrounds around North America since 1996.
The Disney VoluntEARS program is a global, company-wide effort providing Cast Members with opportunities to contribute their time to make a positive impact in their communities.