Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, The Salvation Army and KaBoom! Team
Up to Build a Playground in a Day for Annapolis Children
The playground was designed by children and will built in just one day by volunteers
WHO: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
The Salvation Army
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman
Dr. Jinlene Chan, Health Officer, Anne Arundel County
Approximately 200 BGE and community volunteers
WHAT: More than 200 volunteers from The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Annapolis community will join forces on to build a new playground at the Salvation Army. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May. The tools the volunteers will be using for the build are through the Baltimore Community ToolBank, an nonprofit organization that provides an inventory of tools – shovels, rakes, drills and much more – for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. For just three cents on the dollar per week, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and educational institutions, community groups, neighborhood associations and their volunteers now have access to the tools and equipment they need to renovate, renew and revitalize.
- Best viewing of playground construction
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
WHERE: 351 Hilltop Lane
Annapolis, MD 21403
WHY: As part of its commitment to enhancing the communities it serves throughout central Maryland, BGE supports organizations through both charitable funding and volunteer efforts on programs that help deliver a sustained and measurable impact in the areas of education, energy efficiency, environment, emergency response and economic and community development. Together with our customers, we actively and enthusiastically team up with organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities where our customers and employees live and work.
Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.
The new playground will provide more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. This playground will serve the hundreds of children that participate in Salvation Army programs throughout the year and those who live within walking distance. As part of our effort to promote a healthy community, this playground will provide invaluable space to help children stay active. The existing playground was built in 1962 and is no longer in use, as it has been deemed unsafe.
The playground is the first to be built by KaBOOM! and BGE and is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 in an effort to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
For more information on BGE’s commitment to charitable giving and dedicated employee volunteers, visitbge.com/ourcommitments.
VISUALS: Before and after shots of the site
Volunteers assembling brightly colored playground equipment
Volunteers moving 43,740 square feet of safety surfacing by hand
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground