The Richmond Standard
by: Mike Aldax
Posted on: November 5, 2018
About 200 community volunteers banded together on Saturday to build a state-of-the-art playground for children at Crescent Park in Richmond.
The effort was made possible by a KaBOOM! grant, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, to EAH Housing, the nonprofit organization that manages the affordable housing community on Hartnett Avenue.
Better yet — the playground was designed by Crescent Park kids.
In September, the children provided ideas for their dream playground that were transformed into several designs by the KaBOOM! team. A vote by the resident children and their parents led to a 2,500 square foot structure. The playground features a swing set, parallel bars, an adventure bridge, a beanstalk climber, a slither slide, a loop ladder, among many other activities. It has capacity to accommodate nearly 60 children playing at once.
It will help provide positive benefits that comes with play for children, including joy, stress reduction, healthy physical activity and opportunities to learn how to deal with others, problem solve and communicate effectively, officials said.
“Playgrounds are a place where kids can be kids – away from the daily stresses of life,” said Mary Murtagh, president and CEO of EAH Housing, in a statement. “It’s a place where a child’s imagination and creativity can take center stage; where budding friendships and lasting memories are formed.”
Jeff Collins, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay, said this is the second park built with EAH and eighth with KaBoom!
“Research has shown that access to recreation is vital to overall well-being—physically, mentally and spiritually,” Collins said in the statement, adding he’s “grateful to all the Kaiser Permanente physicians, staff and families who volunteered to advance health equity by building a playground here in our Richmond community.”