Monday, July 30, 2012

One-of-a-Kind Playground to be Built in Charlotte in One Day Using Volunteers

As part of Mayor Anthony Foxx's Healthy Children; Healthy Family and
Youth Engagement Convention Legacies, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Housing Partnership (The Housing Partnership), Humana Inc., KaBOOM! (a
national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,100
playgrounds), Charlotte in 2012, and volunteers will join forces on
Saturday, Aug. 4 to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational
playground in Charlotte at the Village of Rosedale Apartments.

The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana (a leading
health and wellness company), along with a contribution from The
Housing Partnership, was created with personal drawings and input from
local community members – from children to seniors – and will be built
in six hours!

Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that
promotes healthy play and well-being.The unique space will have senior-
focused and adult elements, such as fitness stations and walking
paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility – as well as
more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to build a truly multi-
generational space. The project will also create an outdoor recreation
area to inspire play and healthy living for years to come.

The current playground equipment at the Village of Rosedale Apartments
is worn and in need of replacement. The new playground and multi-
generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs,
providing youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as
opportunities for seniors to interact further with each other and the

Humana is excited to partner with KaBOOM! to build a new space for
local residents of all ages/abilities; encourage physical activity and
overall health and well-being; and provide a diverse community
gathering area. Hundreds of volunteers and community members will roll
up their sleeves to build the new, 2,640-sq.-ft., playground from
start-to-finish in one day in a fun, old-fashioned barn raising – with
a playful twist!

The project is one of 18 playgrounds being built by Humana and KaBOOM!
across the U.S. in 2012.

WHEN Saturday, August 4, 2012
WHERE Village of Rosedale Apartments
3925 Tiffany Rose Place
Charlotte, NC 28206

· 8:30 to 9 a.m. Kick off 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 to 3 p.m. Ribbon-cutting
ceremony to dedicate new play area
(Note: all times approximate)

The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee is a non-profit, non-
partisan organization established by the city of Charlotte to fulfill
obligations of the master contract with the Democratic National
Convention Committee. In addition to those obligations, Charlotte in
2012 works to engage the citizens Charlotte and the Carolinas through
business and civic opportunities, ensure that the Convention leaves a
positive lasting legacy, and tell Charlotte and the region's story to
the nation and the world. For more information, visit us online at

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. (The Housing
Partnership) is a broad-based, private, nonprofit housing development
and financial corporation with goals supporting home ownership, stable
neighborhoods, and communities blending market rate and affordable
housing in the City of Charlotte. In addition to its home ownership
counseling, lending, and community revitalization work, The Housing
Partnership has created exceptional developments and neighborhoods in
various parts of Charlotte including Springcroft at Ashley Park,
Rivermere, The Gables at Druid Hills, and Park at Oaklawn. For more
information, visit

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health
care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health
and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to
lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core
businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for
existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further
enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the
nation with whom the company has relationships. For more information,

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children
today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a
fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health,
achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play
deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM!
in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to
play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then,
KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,100
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds
of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with
online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both
a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the
organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New
York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save
Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work
together to save play for children across the country. All author
proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM!
also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more
information, visit