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Volunteers build KaBOOM! park in Harvey-stricken South Houston community

Volunteers build KaBOOM! park in Harvey-stricken South Houston community
Posted on 03/29/2018
Volunteers build KaBOOM! park in Harvey-stricken South Houston community

Story By Reesha Brown
Video by Rob Smith
PISD Communications

Over 100 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare, South Houston Elementary and across the City of South Houston joined forces recently to transform an empty site into a kid-designed KaBOOM! playground – in just six hours.

The state-of-the-art park features rock-climbing, fast-paced slides, monkey bars, swings, and benches for the teachers. The park’s design was inspired by over 650 student drawings and incorporates their school’s eagle mascot into the concept.

“Lots of them drew eagles,” said Jacob Stachler, KaBoom! project manager. “They’re really proud of their roots and their school. We made the playground in a way where they feel like they could fly (like an eagle).”

The playground is one of several across the state of Texas to be installed this year in communities heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The devastating storm struck the South Houston community with a mighty blow, dropping unprecedented amounts of rainfall in its path, damaging homes, businesses and schools.

As part of the recovery process, the community united with United Healthcare and KaBoom! to build the park and help students reclaim a sense of normalcy.

“Safe and comfortable places for the community to gather and for children to be active will play a key role as the neighborhood rebuilds and rebounds,” Karina Zarzosa, South Houston Elementary principal said. “The rains from Hurricane Harvey devastated our community, but not our ‘go for it’ spirit.’

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