On Saturday, Feb. 25, more than 300 volunteers gathered at Imperial Park to build the eighth KaBOOM! playground in Anaheim. The new play space was constructed in less than eight hours.
What was once an aging-wooden playground has now been upgraded to a vibrant and bright-colored play space, made possible by a donation from Disneyland Resort and the efforts of volunteers from Disney VoluntEARS, KaBOOM! and Girl Scouts of Orange County.
“When people come together, good things happen,” said Mayor Tom Tait. “In a matter of a few hours, volunteers from across Anaheim brought a new play space to Imperial Park. Now the kids and families of this neighborhood can come together and, in the process, forge a more connected community. That is the vital role our parks play, and I want to thank everyone for their work building a stronger community.”
The playground design was inspired by children who were asked to draw what a new playground looked like to them.
After a full day of work, volunteers, especially children, were thrilled to see Mickey Mouse, who made a special appearance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new playground.
Disneyland Resort and KaBOOM! plan to build new playgrounds at Anaheim’s Willow Park, Julianna Park, Pearson Park and Barton Park within the next three years.