Tukwila, WA, July 8, 2017 – The Tukwila community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Cascade View Community Park. In less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters FinancialTM, the City of Tukwila 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 community, and we are happy to provide the Tukwila community with a place that families can enjoy for years to come.”
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in May 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.
“Tukwila’s Parks and Recreation Department strives to create safe places that enhance the quality of life for those that live, work, and play in the City,” says Parks and Recreation Director, Rick Still. “Parks and playgrounds, such as Cascade View Community Park, serve Tukwila’s diverse community with a gathering and play space that promotes social interaction, exercise opportunities and amazing play equipment that entertains and positively challenges children. We are grateful to KaBOOM!, Foresters Financial, and the many volunteers that made the new expanded playground possible.”
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 balance and active play they need to thrive.
About City of Tukwila
Tukwila was incorporated as a city in 1908 and has over 19,000 people that reside in the City today. Tukwila’s location is at the crossroads of trails, highways and railroads making the city a destiny for commerce. A daytime population of 150,000 people helps support flourishing retail, warehousing, distribution of goods and manufacturing. Parks and recreation, police, fire and other essential City services ensure residents of the City enjoy small town warmth and caring, while having the benefits of quality services and goods associated with larger cities. For more information, visit: www.tukwilawa.gov
About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $44 billion.1 With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
City of Tukwila:
416-429-3000 ext. 4117