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April 2, 2014 (El Cajon )--The City of El Cajon, Stoney’s Kids, Boys & Girls Club of East County and Foresters will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive) at the Wells Park on Thursday, April 3 to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind playground.

The customized playground will be funded primarily by Foresters, an international financial services provider, and will be created with personal drawings and other input from local community members – from children to seniors – collected during this special Design Day. At 3 p.m., children will help design their dream playground; at 4 p.m. adult volunteers will participate in playground planning at Wells Park and the Boys and Girls Club of East County, 1153 Madison Avenue in El Cajon.

The existing playground at Wells Park is in need of replacement.  A new playground will provide the youth with an age-appropriate area to play. Foresters is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being for the whole family.  

The community will work together to design equipment to create a space for family-friendly play. As a result, the new playground will create a gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come. Construction for the playground will be on June 7.

The City of El Cajon has six recreation centers and nearly 20 parks.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County have been developing, implementing, and providing activities and programs to disadvantaged youth since 1961.  Operating in the communities of El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa and Santee, the Clubs offer three full–service clubhouses with gymnasiums for children 5-10, and two Teen Centers in La Mesa and El Cajon designated for teens ages 11-18.    

Stoney’s Kids is a longtime non-profit in San Diego’s East County raising funds for the low-income youth for afterschool programs and services.  Stoney’s Kids supports many programs through scholarships for recreational classes, providing funding for youth sports programs, and many more youth related activities.

Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society based on Toronto, Canada that also offers insurance and investment products; see foresters.com.

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! works with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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