KABOOM!

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KABOOM!: Communities and Corporations Create Safe Playgrounds

Washington, D.C., United States
Year Founded:
1995
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if communities had access to sustainable and low cost playgrounds?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In America, play is often viewed as a luxury, rather than a necessity, the "right to play" hardly recognized in public fora. Such a mentality has deprioritized safe play spaces, especially in lower-income communities. With education funding slashed, playgrounds have become the responsibility of Parent Teacher Associations or communities themselves, who rarely have the resources to fund million dollar renovations.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Adamant about the importance of safe and stimulating play environments, KaBOOM! is determined to fill the demand for low-cost playgrounds. By engaging both communities and corporations, KaBOOM! organizes a delivery system that matches costs and volunteers with community resources. To ensure the sustainability of its playgrounds, KaBOOM! distributes maintenance manuals and offers a Playground Institute training conference for community leaders. In doing so, KaBOOM! helps communities become more proactive in creating change in their neighborhoods, while bringing focus to children's needs.
Impact: How does it Work

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Since its founding, KaBOOM! has built 500 new playgrounds and improved more than 1,500 others. In addition to creating safe play spaces in lower-income neighborhoods, KaBOOM! has had an indelible affect on the communities in which it has worked. With the organizing resources it provides, KaBOOM! has helped communities take on other organized activities, becoming engaged and active in community development. KaBOOM!'s playground success has also motivated its expansion to Eskal8, building skateparks for teen and young adult populations. Furthermore, KaBOOM! has become involved in advocacy, working with universities, communities, and recreation plays at all levels of government to build a campaign for the right to play in low-income neighborhoods.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

In addition to its unique focus on spatial environment, KaBOOM!'s method of implementation has created avenues of community empowerment. Partnering corporations and communities and providing organizing resources to local neighborhoods, KaBOOM! facilitates collaboration and initiative on future projects for community development. In doing so, KaBOOM not only promotes safe play space and the right to play, but also community empowerment and active civic participation.