Arcata Park Gets $15,000 for New Playground Equipment
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the City of Arcata a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to install playground equipment at the Greenview Park Playground, the first inclusive playground in Humboldt County.
The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2016.
“The City of Arcata is extremely lucky to be working with a dedicated group to help us realize the goal of creating an all-inclusive playground for our community,” said Julie Neander, Arcata Environmental Services Deputy Director. “We could not do this without the dedication and hard work of the Greenview Playground Committee and the many individuals and businesses that have donated to this project.”
“It broke my heart to think that just because a child was in a wheelchair or had some challenges in playing on conventional playground equipment they would be left out of the playground experience with their peers,” said Daniel Bixler, local small business owner, home owner, father of two young children and founder of the Greenview Playground Project. “So once I was made aware there was no inclusive playground in all of Northern California from Oakland to Medford, Oregon, I knew something had to be done immediately!”
The Greenview Playground Committee was started in 2015 when parents, children, businesses, educators and interested individuals teamed up with the City of Arcata to create the first inclusive playground in Humboldt County. The Committee’s mission is to give all children the opportunity to play together and form friendships and help our community become more accepting and inclusive of people with disabilities. The KaBOOM! funds will be used to help pay for the central playground piece that includes a slide and climbing opportunities.
DPS launched Let’s Play in 2011 with a $15 million commitment to KaBOOM! to build or improve 2,000 playgrounds. In 2014, Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! extended their partnership through 2016 with an additional $10 million commitment from DPS to continue providing kids with the active play they need.
Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.
About the City of Arcata
The City of Arcata owns and operates neighborhood, community and special use parks for the benefit of its residents, businesses and visitors.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will provide nearly 10 million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active through Let’s Play. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let’s Play is working to eliminate the ‘play deficit’ by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids. 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 and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.