Summer sunshine will be a lot more enjoyable for park visitors in Flint this year.
Dozens of children and families in six neighborhoods will enjoy new playgrounds, thanks to a $400,000 investment by the City of Flint, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint Kids Fund of the Foundation for Flint, Make an Impact Foundation, and United Way of Genesee County. The organizations announced the plan Thursday at Durant-Turri-Mott Elementary School during a Design Day in which local students were able to take part in activities to share and build their perfect playground.
Later Jamie Gaskin, CEO of United Way of Genesee County, shared the announcement with the children.
“United Way is very excited about being a partner in play through these playgrounds,” says Gaskin. “The goals of these playground builds are to enhance the communities and improve the quality of life for children and families in Flint.”
The playgrounds will be built during July and August at Dewey, Farnumwood, Cook, Eldorado Vista, Whaley, and Clara Hilborn parks. Major funding came from a $330,000 grant from the Flint Kids Fund of the Foundation for Flint and a donor in support of Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
“With these six playgrounds Flint children will have the opportunity to once again have safe, quality, and fun places to play which is a key aspect of early childhood development,” says Isaiah Oliver, president and CEO of the Foundation. “Hundreds of youth will be able to experience the great outdoors in a beautiful playground in their neighborhood.”
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