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Posted on: October 19, 2006

[ARCHIVED] Home Depot and United Way of Elgin to Build New KaBOOM! Playground in One Day

On Thursday, October 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elgin Mayor Ed Schock and a host of other community volunteers from The Home Depot and the United Way of Elgin will work to build a state-of-the-art new KaBOOM! Playground at Frazier Park, located at Clifford Street and Owasco Avenue, Elgin. The playground will be built in just one day with the design based on drawings from local children who attended a Design Day in August.

The build is funded through a $47,200 grant from The Home Depot, along with $15,000 from the City of Elgin’s Neighborhood Improvement Grant provided to the United Way of Elgin. The project is part of KaBOOM! and The Home Depot’s effort to create and refurbish 1,000 play spaces in 1,000 days.

Mayor Schock, Lynne Bosley, President of United Way of Elgin, Mickey Brown, Chair of the Nurturing Children & Youth Impact Council and Sgt Glenn Theriault, Chair of the Community Vision Council along with more than 160 Home Depot and 100 United Way and community volunteers will all work to erect the neighborhood playground in just one day.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. It also offers a variety of resources, including a Web portal and online community, training, grants and publications for communities interested in planning a new play space on their own.

This project is part of The Home Depot’s $25 million commitment to KaBOOM! to create and refurbish 1,000 play spaces in 1,000 days. The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for play space projects across North America as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve.

For additional information, contact Cherie Murphy, Elgin’s Marketing Officer, at
(847) 931-5667.

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