Disney VoluntEARS Help Build a Playground in One Day

Filed in: About WDW, Cast Members, Making a Difference, Walt Disney World Resort

Sanford, Fla., Oct. 25, 2014 – Equipped with power tools, hammers, wheelbarrows and a desire to give back to the community, nearly 100 Disney VoluntEARS joined the city of Sanford and several nonprofits to build a KaBOOM! playground that will provide a safe place to play for more than 1,400 children.

In less than eight hours, an empty lot at McKibbin Park was transformed into a kid-designed playspace that included new swings, spiral slides and a rock-climbing wall. Community Based Care of Central Florida and Public Allies Central Florida also joined in the efforts with Disney and KaBOOM!

“The KaBOOM! playground at McKibbin Park will bring increased health, joy and happiness to the neighborhood’s children and help with the area’s revitalization,” said Jeff Triplett, Mayor of Sanford. “This public-private partnership will help build a stronger and more viable Sanford community so generations to come can enjoy the benefits of having a KaBOOM! playground in their backyard.”

The new playground is made possible with support from Disney as part of the Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles. By the end of 2014, Disney’s support will bring the magic of play to over 75,000 children and families.

“Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a healthy and productive adult,” said Kevin Callahan, vice president of community and engagement, Corporate Citizenship at Disney. “Disney is proud to join KaBOOM! to accelerate efforts that move every child to play every day—at home, in school, and in the community. Together, we hope to make places to play more accessible, and inspire kids and families to stay active.”

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. They have successfully brought community interests and businesses together to build more than 2,500 playgrounds across North America.

“When community partners come together to make a difference, incredible things can happen,” said Glen Casel, president and chief executive officer of Community Based Care of Central Florida. “This playground is a prime example of the transformation that can take place when we join forces to create change. We’re proud to be part of a project that will help children in our community lead active and healthy lives.”