NEWS: Kansas City Volunteers to Improve Resident's Lives with Play

NEWS: Kansas City Volunteers to Improve Resident’s Lives with Play

Kaboom LogoHumana, KaBOOM! Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association, and KC Parks Join Forces to Create a New Space for All Generations to Gather and Play at Lower Concourse Park on October 18.

WHAT
Volunteers from Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association (@ScarrittKC), City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation (@KCMOParks), Humana Inc. (@humananews), residents of the Kansas City community and organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) will join forces on Saturday, Oct. 18 to give the neighborhood a chance to gather and play together by building a 64,152-sq.-ft. playground at Lower Concourse Park from start to finish in just six hours!

The customized, multi-generational playground, funded primarily by Humana Inc. (a leading health and wellness company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members – from children to seniors – during a special design event in August.

WHEN
Saturday, October 18, 2014  (Note: all times approximate)
8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Kickoff ceremony and volunteer deployment
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Best viewing of playground construction
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:Final construction phase and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area

WHERE
Lower Concourse Park, 200 Gladstone Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64124

WHY/HOW
Play in all forms, whether it’s with peers or parents, benefits the whole child, allowing them to stay active mentally, physically and socially. Currently, many children and families in areas surrounding Kessler Park do not have many playspaces readily available in their communities. A new playground and multi-generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs, providing the youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as opportunities for seniors to interact further with each other and the community. Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being.

The community will rally together to build senior-focused and adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility – as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a truly multi-generational space. The project will create a gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come. The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds (#HumanaBuilds) being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years to show communities that #playmatters.

ABOUT
Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association
The mission of Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association (SRNA) is to protect and enhance the quality of life in our historic neighborhood through active, engaged citizens. The SRNA vision is to revitalize the homes and businesses of our historic neighborhood while preserving the community’s architectural assets. Our vision of this playspace is not to create just any recreation area, but one inspired by Kessler Park’s natural setting and respectful of the historical neighborhood; one that will be of use to as many residents as possible, and noteworthy enough to be a destination for a family visiting Cliff Drive or the Kansas City Museum. Learn more at www.scarrittkc.org.

City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation
Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation’s mission is to improve the quality of life, health and wellness of our community by providing socially equitable, community-driven programming and environmentally sound natural resource management.  We provide facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contribute to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life. The department operates and maintains close to 12,000 acres of parkland including 220 parks, 135 miles of boulevards and parkways, 48 fountains, 87 ornamental structures, 10 community centers, 27 lakes, 100+ miles of trails and bikeways, 105 tennis courts, five golf courses and four museums.  Visit www.kcparks.org to learn more.

Humana
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people Humana serves across the country. More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)
  • Corporate Governance information

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.