City officials, the Washington Capitals and more than 200 volunteers are set to come together on Oct. 18 to give children east of the Anacostia River a safe, fun place to play.
The construction of a new playground at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreational Campus (THEARC) kicks off a national celebration for KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization that has been collaborating with partners to build, open or improve playgrounds for low-income children.
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The new playground will serve more than 36,000 children living in Ward 8.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, KaBOOM! Chief Executive Officer James Siegal, THEARC Executive Director Rahsaan Bernard are among the notables who will join the Washington Capitals and volunteers for the project. Author and artist Dallas Clayton will paint an on-site mural.
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has built more than 16,700 playgrounds for 8.5 million children across the country.
According to a news release, the company has utilized more than 1 million volunteers and thousands of community and funding partners in its efforts. Its incoming playground at THEARC marks the 3,000th such project for KaBOOM!, which built its first playground in the District more than two decades ago.
To highlight those achievements, KaBOOM! is encouraging children and families across the country to take part in its related events and social media campaigns; keep track of all of the action by following #PLAYceforKids on various social media channels.
“This is a moment to celebrate and renew the commitment to increasing access to to play for the kids who need it most,” KaBOOM! said in a statement.