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6 hours, 250 volunteers… KaBOOM!

A new children’s playground is being introduced to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. On Friday over 250 volunteers came together to build “a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground.” Incredibly, the playground was completed in just 6 hours, thanks to the coordinated efforts of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and KaBOOM!

The plan for the playground was drawn up by children from the neighborhood – they contributed their thoughts and ideas, which were then enacted upon using an assortment of KaBOOM!’s interactive offerings. The new playground is part of an even wider effort to create PLAYces – safe and thoughtful areas for families to play – throughout the city of Buffalo.

This particular play area is located near picnic grounds, which gives families the opportunity to spend longer hours at the MLK, Jr. Park. As an added bonus, each picnic table top is painted with an interactive game or lesson to be learned, which is a great touch!

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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