Chandler, AZ, 2017 – The Chandler community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Gazelle Meadows Park. In less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the City of Chandler and non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve nearly 3,000 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 Chris Stranahan, International Fraternal President, 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 Chandler 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 August 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.
“Play is one of the primary ways kids come to understand the world around them. It allows them to release energy, push boundaries and connect with others,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Our City continues to invest in our wonderful public parks, playgrounds and affordable recreational facilities as they bring communities together and enrich lives. Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent Playful City USA designation, but most importantly, it helps Chandler remain a family-friendly community that offers our residents numerous opportunities to play, live, learn and thrive.”
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 Chandler Parks & Recreation
In Chandler, we are focused on providing parks and recreational opportunities and programs that make Chandler a premiere community in which to Discover, Image, and Grow. Parks play a critical role in Chandler’s quality of life – promoting an active lifestyle and community wellness. With this in mind, it is the City’s goal to provide at least one neighborhood park per square mile of residential development making play easily accessible for the entire community.
This strong focus on the overall wellbeing of our residents coupled with Chandler’s 30-year dedication to developing a comprehensive parks and recreation program has earned the City a variety of awards including: Playful City USA (2007- 2016); 2016 East Valley Tribune Reader’s Choice Best Place to Exercise for Tumbleweed Recreation Center; 2015 Featured Facility Award for the Chandler Tennis Center from the U.S. Tennis Association; 2009 Best Playground in the Valley for Playtopia from the Phoenix New Times; Arizona Republic’s 2009 Reader’s Choice Award – Runner up for Best Kids Water Park or Pool for the Hamilton Aquatic Center; and 2008 Best Skateboard Park for the Chandler Skate Park at Snedigar Sports Complex from the Phoenix New Times.
To get your play on: visit chandleraz.gov/recreation or join the conversation at facbook.com/ChandlerRecreation, twitter.com/ChandlerRec or instagram.com/chandlerrec.
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.
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