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Child’s play

Molly Evans June 5th, 2013

KaBOOM! Playground Build
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus
2600 N.E. 63rd

More than 200 volunteers will work hard to play hard Saturday, constructing the second community playground project in the Oklahoma City area and the third site in the state.

It’s a partnership among the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” initiative from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Partners in Public Health, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that builds playgrounds in communities struggling with accessibility to healthcare and safe places for children to be active outdoors.

“There are not a lot of playgrounds in walking distance like there used to be,” said John Williams of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

This year’s playground build will reside near the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus, which opened early last month. The growing area is populated by young families in need of a space for their children to stretch their legs and breathe fresh air.

Statistics from the state Health Department anticipate more than 13,000 children will visit the campus with their parents each year.

Volunteers will begin unloading equipment at 8:30 a.m. and are expected to complete assembly by 2:30 p.m. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“People will feel like they have ownership because they built that,” Williams said.

Breakfast, lunch and a special T-shirt will be provided to all volunteers.

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