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Foresters and Community Partners Build New Playground in Raleigh, NC

by Janine F.

Green Road Community Center in Raleigh has a brand new playground today thanks to a coordinated effort of 200 volunteers from Foresters™ and the community. This playground will serve the children of the community where previously there was old, unsafe playground equipment.

Parks Superintendent Wayne Schindler joined Arny Bereson, Foresters Director Member Development, in acknowledging the tremendous contribution made by all the volunteers. “This playground build is an excellent example of Foresters mission coming to life,” said Bereson. “Foresters champions the well-being of families by investing in communities where our members live and providing opportunities for our members to make a difference.”

Foresters, a member-based life insurance provider with members throughout North Carolina, funded and organized the playground build with KaBOOM!, local parents and the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. This is the second of six playgrounds in the U.S. that Foresters is funding and organizing with KaBOOM! this year. In its 135th anniversary year, Foresters has invested close to $500,000 to provide playgrounds where children and their parents can spend quality time together playing, learning and having fun.

“The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department appreciates the generous contribution of Foresters that enabled this exciting project to come to fruition,” Schindler said. “This coordinated effort achieved the replacement of the outdated play equipment at the park and provides an interactive, safe and accessible play space for children in the area.”

Before the first hole was dug, students of the community helped design the playground of their dreams. The new playground is nearly 4,000 square feet and includes features for children with special needs as well as an adaptive swing seat, bell panel, cliff hanger, crater arch, driving panel, slide-n-learn panel, sliding pole, adventure tube, spiral climber, spiral slide and much more. With a duration expectancy range from 15 to 20 years, the playground has the capacity to serve approximately 15,000 children in its lifetime.

Foresters investment in this playground extends beyond the work completed on build day. Foresters volunteers and the community have made a commitment to maintain the playground to ensure it is available for subsequent generations of parents and children. Foresters Playground Builders initiative is one way the organization is supporting United We Serve, the White House’s call to service challenging all Americans to engage in sustained, meaningful community service.

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