Local children's dreams and drawings to create blueprint for new
community playground at The Children's Center Inc.
WHAT: WaMu and organizers from KaBOOM! will host a Design Day for
children and families served by local non-profit The
Children's Center Inc. to begin planning a brand new
playground for their south side neighborhood. Children from
the community will put crayon to paper to brainstorm and
draw their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a
reality. Elements from the children's drawings will be
incorporated into the final design for the new playground,
which will be built on September 20th by 200 volunteers from
WaMu and the community partners. Once the children have
submitted their ideas, a playground planning committee will
work for eight weeks to create playground blueprints and
prepare for the construction of the playground.
Chicago's build will be the eighth of ten cities that will
receive new playgrounds as part of a national partnership
between WaMu and KaBOOM!, which will create new, safe places
to play for thousands of children during 2008. Additional
locations include Atlanta, San Antonio, Chatsworth, Calif.,
Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco
Jacksonville, Florida, Seattle and Dallas.
WHERE: The Children's Center, Inc.
12803 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
WHEN: Tuesday, July 15
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Children's drawing session)
VISUALS: -- Community children drawing and brainstorming their dream
playgrounds (children available for interviews)
-- "Before" shots of the playground site
-- Program partners and community volunteers sharing ideas to
plan dream playground
About Washington Mutual, Inc.
WaMu, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading
consumer and small business banks. At Mar. 31, 2008, WaMu and its
subsidiaries had assets of $319.67 billion. The company has a history
dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate
approximately 2,500 consumer and small business banking stores
throughout the nation. WaMu's press releases are available at
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a
great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
Since 1995, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to
bring together business and community interests to construct more than
1,400 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across
North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including
an online community, regional and national trainings, grants,
publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which
includes Playful City USA and the Playmaker Network - a national
network of individual advocates for play. Headquartered in Washington,
D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For
more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
About The Children's Center, Inc.
The Children's Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving
over 35,000 children annually in the Chicago metro area. Founded in
1977, this organization has worked tirelessly to build community by
focusing on the education and well-being of the children they serve.
The center is located in a residential neighborhood that offers
services within walking distance of the families in their community.
The Children's Center continually offers new opportunities to families
and children by nurturing and developing relationships with community
members and local organizations.
Shane Winn, 312-429-3052
Missy Latham, 214-691-0513
Mike Vietti, 202-464-6076