Today, residents of the city of Anaheim discovered that as a result of their votes, Anaheim will receive five new KaBOOM! playgrounds in the next three years.
All summer long, Disneyland Resort has been celebrating the final moments of its 60th Diamond Anniversary with the residents of Anaheim, hosting movie nights, weekend celebrations in Anaheim parks with Disney characters, and more. As part of the celebration, residents had the opportunity to cast their vote for play — for where the next KaBOOM! playground will be built in Anaheim.
Due to the overwhelming response from Anaheim residents, Disneyland Resort has pledged to fund all five of the park builds, with the city of Anaheim and KaBOOM!. The five parks to receive playgrounds will be Imperial Park, Willow Park, Julianna Park, Pearson Park and Barton Park. This will bring the total number of Disney/KaBOOM! playgrounds in Anaheim to 12, giving more than 19,000 Anaheim children a place to play with their families.
“Following a fun-filled summer of celebrations hosted by the Disneyland Resort at local parks, we are excited to maintain the momentum by building all five of the proposed KaBOOM! playgrounds right here in Anaheim,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “The Disneyland Resort is proud to have been part of this community for more than 60 years, and we look forward to continuing Walt Disney’s dream of providing places where families can have fun together.”
In the last five years, the Disneyland Resort has donated $16 million to Anaheim programs benefiting children and families with $1.5 million specifically dedicated to enhancing Anaheim parks.
The first of the new playgrounds will be built in February 2017.
“Our city is in need of more places for children to play,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “This is a very welcome addition of not just one, but five new playgrounds that will be coming to our parks. I want to thank Disneyland Resort and KaBOOM! for giving back to Anaheim. We are a city of kindness, and this is kindness in action —volunteers coming together to make communities better.”
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. The Walt Disney Company supports KaBOOM! in helping all children get the play that they need and has pledged more than $12 million since 2007 to help build playgrounds and Imagination Playground™ sets. The playground builds are an extension of The Walt Disney Company Healthy Living Commitment to creating healthier generations by bringing the gift of active play to kids and families who need it most. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than 1 million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids.