GRANDFIELD The Grandfield Dream to Play organization has been awarded Let's Play community construction grant funding of $15,000 that will be used for the purchase of new playground equipment.
The grant funding is part of the Let's Play program, which is a community partnership led by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide funding to the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! to encourage children and adults nationwide to become active. Dr Pepper Snapple has made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM! toward the construction or improvement of 2,000 playgrounds nationwide, which will benefit some 5 million children in North America.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to construct a new playground in our community," said Kenda Dean, Grandfield Dream to Play volunteer. "Much of our playground equipment is broken and unsafe for our children. With this grant and support from our community, we will be able to provide a fun and safe place for our children to play and families to gather."
The grant funding will be used to purchase several new pieces of playground equipment that can accommodate children of all ages. They will be installed at Reed Park.
Over the next few months, Grandfield Dream to Play volunteers will lead local fundraising efforts to match the grant funding which is set at a minimum of $9,000 at the local level and must meet a deadline of September 2013.