If you haven’t heard of the fine folks at KaBOOM!, they travel the country building playgrounds for neighborhoods that need them. Their goal: a place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Friday and Saturday, I helped prepare and lead the construction of a shade structure as part of a KaBOOM! build at the Isiah Fredericks Community Center in North Gulfport. The shade structure was designed by Jessie Zenor and built by Hands On and the North Gulfport Community Land Trust; it incorporated hundreds of tiles decorated by children from across the Gulf Coast school system.
- Total number of KaBOOM playgrounds as of Saturday: 1,500
- Number of tiles decorated by kids in Gulf Coast schools: 620
- Number of total volunteers: 400+
- Number of Air Force volunteers: 225
- KaBOOM playgrounds on the Gulf Coast since Katrina: 107
- Time we finished prep work on Friday night: 11:30
- New picnic tables: 4
- Shade structures built: 1
Check out many more pictures on Hands On's Flickr Page!