Volunteers work on Cincinnati playgrounds

June 5, 2017 by  

Helpers recently came out by the hundreds to play their part in improving playgrounds in the Westwood and East Westwood neighborhoods. Thanks to a number of sponsors, including the national non-profit KaBOOM!, these playgrounds are new and safe.

KaBOOM! seeks to create opportunities for active and balanced play in children’s daily lives, particularly those living in difficult circumstances. John Cranley, Cincinnati’s mayor, said he is proud to continue working with KaBOOM!, which has partnered with the city, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Foresters Financial, and the East Westwood Improvement Association to build the playgrounds.

David Mann, Cincinnati’s vice mayor, was on hand for the project kickoff. He said that when a neighborhood wants to do something, they work together to accomplish it. In this case, they wanted a safe place for children to play, and they built it.

Another official, Harry Black, Cincinnati’s city manager, said the projects were an example of what public-private partnerships can accomplish. He said that using this vehicle, the city has made a lasting investment in these neighborhoods, as well as among the children who live there.

In East Westwood, an underutilized soccer field was the spot chosen for the playground, while in Westwood, the play space went into the Cincinnati Urban Promise (CUP) site.

Efforts like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for a targeted-area mailing, describing the project and asking for volunteer workers.