Today’s post is written by Steve Reiher, VP of Marketing at Operation Kids
Earlier this year, I had the chance to travel to New Orleans for the completion of a “Little Hands” playground, a partnership initiative between The Allstate Foundation, The Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Operation Kids and The Brees Dream Foundation. The brand-new playground was designed to provide a safe place for kids to play in a neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.
This past Saturday, I again had the opportunity to participate in a community build day for a “Little Hands” playground – this one at Fitts Park in South Salt Lake City, Utah. It was incredibly gratifying to be helping our own community as we worked side-by-side with neighborhood families, the South Salt Lake Police & Fire Departments and others who were interested in helping Fitts Park become a gathering place for destination for families and young children again.
The equipment, playground and layout are all designed for maximum safety and parental visibility, without compromising fun. The community build days are arranged to give the surrounding neighborhood a sense of ownership and pride in the playground. Saturday there were young children hard at work alongside their parents and siblings – digging, raking, planting flowers and barely containing their excitement at a new playground, just a little paint and few nuts and bolts from being completed.
The “Little Hands” playground, which will be officially dedicated on September 27 was made possible by generous donations by The Allstate Foundation; XanGo, LLC; and the City of South Salt Lake, and by the hard work of Sherry Hartline, Dr. Chuck Pruitt and Dr. Steve Rogers of our local Injury Free Coalition for Kids.