KABOOM! Brooks Park Playground Build
Volunteers from the City of Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation and MAPCO are building a kid-designed playground that will spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for kids in Goodlettsville. This is part of a nationwide effort led by KABOOM! to end playspace inequity – the reality that far too many children do not get the chance to play on a playground, something that should be part of every child’s life. Their work is to ensure every kid can experience the numerous physical, social, and mental health benefits of play regardless of background or where they live. In 2022, KABOOM! launched the 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity, the five-year initiative to accelerate efforts towards achieving their mission to end playspace inequity for good across the United States. This project represents progress in ensuring every kid has a place to play, providing a state-of-the-art playground for more than 1000 children to enjoy each year.
Community members led the creation of the playground, from design to installation. In February, kids from the Goodlettsville Community shared drawings of their dream playspaces with project organizers. These ideas were integrated into the new playground design.
This project is part of MAPCO’s commitment to give back to local youth recreation along with its vendors and partners who contributed. The MAPCO team is excited to come together with partners for the playground’s transformation, and for the opportunity to support the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of children in the greater Nashville area with a new playground.
The City of Goodlettsville and MAPCO are building a playground! Your help is needed to prepare for this exciting day!
On Thursday, April 27, 2023 volunteers from the City of Goodlettsville and MAPCO will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. The project is in partnership with KABOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to achieving playspace equity by ensuring all kids have a safe and accessible place to play where they feel like they belong.
We are looking for 50+ volunteers to assist with the build of this playground, so here is what you need to know to volunteer:
Who: Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability. Please note - Supervised activities will be available for youth under the age of 16, but those under that age will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.
When: Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Brooks Park - 302 Mason Lane, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 [parking will be available at GoodNaz Church and volunteers will be shuttled to event site, follow the signs as you approach the event site]
What's Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.
What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don't mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.
Build Day Schedule: Thursday, April 27, 2023
6:30 AM - Team Leaders arrive
8:00 AM - Volunteers arrive and register
8:30 AM - Kick-off ceremony
2:30 PM - Ribbon-cutting ceremony