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Posted on: September 14, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Partners join forces to put kids first by increasing opportunities to play in Pueblo

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Volunteers from the community, the City of Pueblo and the Colorado Health Foundation will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, October 13 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Donley Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Pueblo. 

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. The City of Pueblo, Parks and Recreation Department has determined that the playground at Donley Park is outdated and in dire need of replacement. Through this project, the City of Pueblo will work with the community, the Foundation and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.

In August, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 900 kids in Pueblo with a great, safe place to play.

This playground is part of the Foundation’s locally-focused work that is designed to harness ideas that are generated at the local level and reflect the community’s needs. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! and the Foundation are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.


WHEN: Saturday, October 13

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.    Kick-off ceremony

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Best viewing of playground construction

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.   Final construction phase

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Ribbon-cutting ceremony          

(Times approximate)

WHERE: Donley Park

2310 W 15th St

Pueblo, CO 81003

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers

           Pueblo City Councilman, Bob Schilling, will speak at the kick-off ceremony

           Chris Smith, Colorado Health Foundation

Contacts: City of Pueblo Parks and Recreation, Lee Carstensen | 719-568-7780 |

                  KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell | 202-464-6164 |


About Pueblo Parks and Recreation

Pueblo Parks and Recreation improves the quality of life in Pueblo by offering quality, diverse recreation and leisure opportunities to our residents and visitors. We strive for safe, clean and attractive parks and recreation facilities and seek partnerships that enhance opportunities and maximize resources.  For all we do, visit, or follow us

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy and advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit


About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit and join the conversation at, and #playmatters #PLAYceforKids.

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