FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2017
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IN ONLY 8 HOURS, NYCHA AND KABOOM! BUILD COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND AT BAYVIEW HOUSES
KaBOOM! and the Fund for Public Housing have partnered to bring new, safe community playspaces for public housing residents across the City.
This is the second KaBOOM! playground at a NYCHA development, after last year’s successful Pomonok Houses build in Queens.
NEW YORK– In just eight hours, the Bayview Houses community, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), KaBOOM! and the Fund for Public Housing built the latest “NextGen NYCHA Plays” playground this past Saturday. This partnership between NYCHA, KaBOOM! and the Fund for Public Housing, a non-profit that benefits NYC Public Housing residents, will provide much needed community resources for public housing children and the community at large.
“This weekend’s playground build is an incredible demonstration of this community’s commitment to improving the quality of life for Bayview residents,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Stanley Brezenoff. “KaBOOM! and the Fund for Public Housing’s partnership will make sure NYCHA children have a place to play and broaden their imaginations with this new space.”
“Play is the essence of childhood, and all kids deserve great places to play,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “We’re thrilled that the community and families came together to ensure the kids living in Bayview Houses will have a safe space to jump, climb and do what kids do best.”
“What a fantastic day! Ms. Boyce and the residents of Bayview put their heart and soul into designing and building this playground,” said Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, President of the Fund for Public Housing. “This partnership between KaBOOM!, NYCHA and the Fund for Public Housing is a perfectly aligned opportunity to re-imagine and invest in public housing and public housing residents. All children deserve safe and beautiful places to play!”
The Bayview Houses Resident Association (RA) led the initiative to recruit volunteers and support for the development site. Throughout the process, local Bayview children were asked to provide their thoughts and input about what this new playground should look like, including a design day hosted by Bayview RA President Sheryl Boyce where kids drew their dream playground for inspiration.
This playground features the Mobius climber, a double slide, and is filled with linked equipment that will allow the kids to play all their favorite tag games. This kid-inspired design offers a welcoming and warm community space that encourages outdoor play time.
Together, KaBOOM!, NYCHA and the Fund for Public Housing launched NextGen NYCHA Plays, an innovative public-private partnership that will transform communities by building safe, engaging playspaces for kids in NYCHA housing. The first playground build was in November 2017 at Pomonok Houses in Queens.
Through the NextGen NYCHA Plays partnership more kids will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The new playground at Bayview is made possible by support from JetBlue, Landscape Structures, and a variety of contributors to the Fund for Public Housing.
“The importance of playgrounds was first documented in the late 1800s as a benefit to children and to offer them a respite from their daily lives and to allow for physical and mental exercise. The endeavor of Build Day is beyond imagination, to have so many sponsors and community participants is a source of pride and joy and the best part is that for generations this playground will once allow the youth who reside to have the sheer enjoyment of the other ordeal and challenges they may have in their lives,” said Assembly Member Jaime Williams. “KaBOOM!, NYCHA and Fund for Public Housing along with the entire community should be applauded for their effort and dedication and contribution to the next generation. I could not be prouder to be able to serve the residents of Bay View Houses.”
About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Almost 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 325 public housing developments around the five boroughs, and another 235,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/nycha and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/NYCHA and www.twitter.com/NYCHA.
Never before has there been an organization that exists solely to address the priorities of New York City public housing communities. The Fund for Public Housing is an independent not-for-profit organization that invests in the well-being of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and their communities. The Fund collaborates with public and private partners to reimagine and improve the way public housing works. For more information, visit www.fundforpublichousing.org or follow the Fund on Twitter, www.twitter.com/Fund4PH .
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids