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Propel Homestead announces playground design event

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Propel Homestead students and other children will have an opportunity to draw their dream playground next week.

Design day for a new KaBOOM! playground at the charter school is set for Wednesday. Children will be able to show project officials their ideas from 3-4 p.m. Community residents are welcome to join in a planning meeting from 4-6.

Sessions will be at the school's 129 E. Tenth Ave. location in Homestead. Project manager Alec Stackhouse will facilitate.

Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into the playground's final design.

The planning committee will work for the next seven weeks to prepare for construction on Aug. 29.

“It's really an opportunity to build a community,” KaBOOM! communications coordinator Alyssa Ross said. “From this process, neighbors get to know each other (and) be more connected. They'll be able to make changes in the community together.”

“We're very excited about it,” Propel Schools spokesperson Angela Gaitaniella said. “We've been looking to build a playground for our Propel Homestead school and the community for awhile now.”

The playground will be used by more than 400 children in the Homestead area.

Ross said many children spend a lot of time watching television and playing video games, and some schools have eliminated recess.

“All of these things are contributing to (play areas) disappearing,” she said. “At KaBOOM!, we're dedicated to giving kids a childhood they deserve.”

KaBOOM! will follow up with the school after construction. The community will be eligible for maintenance grants.

Organizers hope to get approximately 200 volunteers to the school on Aug. 29.It is the last of 12 playgrounds to be built in a year as part of a partnership between the McDonald's Foundation and KaBOOM!.

Information about the cost of the playground was not available at presstime. More information about the project and other playgrounds is available online at www.kaboom.org.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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