Los Angeles Dodgers and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Access to Play in Alhambra
See the press release here.
Volunteers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Bank of America, City of Alhambra, and the community will join KaBOOM! on Friday, January 26 to transform an empty site into a state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Alhambra Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Alhambra.
“The Dodgers are thrilled to join KaBOOM!, the City of Alhambra, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and Bank of America in transforming this empty space into a Dodger blue play place,” said Dodger Vice President of External Affairs & Community Relations Naomi Rodriguez. “It’s amazing to see the impact we can have in just a single day by uniting our players and valued partners, and hope that this state-of-the-art playground will be home to many happy memories for the children in our community for years to come.”
“Free and unstructured play is an important part of developing happy and healthy kids,” said Jeff Maloney, Vice Mayor for the City of Alhambra. “We are proud to have a wide range of parks and open spaces in Alhambra, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of the Dodgers and KaBOOM! in helping to bring this new playground to one of our most historic and best-loved parks.”
This playground is part of a broader effort led by the KaBOOM!, the Dodgers and its partners to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families and will be the first build by the Dodgers. Through this partnership, KaBOOM!, the Dodgers, and its partners are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.
“Having strong, vibrant neighborhoods drives economic sustainability for the entire community,” said Raul Anaya, Los Angeles market president, Bank of America. “We’re glad to have over 60 local Bank of America employees volunteer with the Dodgers and KaBOOM! to create a place where Alhambra children and families can gather and be proud.”
“We are proud to partner with the Dodgers, KaBOOM!, Bank of America, and the City of Alhambra in this build, as part of our commitment to creating safe places for youth to be active, said Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation “We hope it will continue to foster play and healthy habits for the children of this neighborhood.”
As with all KaBOOM! play spaces, the playground at Alhambra Park will be ADA-accessible and feature play equipment such as a geo dome climber and a “cozy cove,” a pod-shaped element developed for children with autism to seek a quiet spot when play becomes overwhelming.
“The City believes in investing in the health and well-being of children of all ages and abilities by offering year-around sports and activities through our Community Services Department,” said Jessica Binnquist, City Manager, City of Alhambra. “We are thankful that the Dodgers picked us in supporting our mission of fostering active youth and we are excited that the playground equipment at Alhambra Park will don the proud Dodgers colors of blue and white.”
Thanks to the support of KaBOOM!, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Bank of America, and over 200 community volunteers, this project will provide more than 1,500 kids in Alhambra with a great, safe place to play.
WHEN: Friday, January 26
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick-off ceremony
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony
WHERE: Alhambra Park
500 N Palm Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801
WHO: Players from the Los Angeles Dodgers
Hundreds of community volunteers
Jeff Maloney, Vice Mayor, City of Alhambra
Luis Ayala, Councilmember, City of Alhambra
David Mejia, Councilmember, City of Alhambra
Jessica Binnquist, City Manager, City of Alhambra
Dave Roberts, Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Naomi Rodriguez, Vice President, External and Community Affairs, Los Angeles Dodgers
Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Raul Anaya, Los Angeles Market President, Bank of America
About the City of Alhambra
The City of Alhambra is a premier family-oriented community in the San Gabriel Valley. Alhambra is dedicated to responsive and creative leadership and quality services, ensuring desirable neighborhoods and a supportive business environment, while being sensitive to the diversity of our community. For more information, visit cityofalhambra.org, and follow us facebook.com/cityofalhambra, twitter.com/cityofalhambra, and instagram.com/cityofalhambra.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 22 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world. Visit the Dodgers online at www.dodgers.com, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers. For media information, visit www.dodgerspressbox.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or restore more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids