Monday, September 26, 2016

Over 300 Volunteers Help Build a Playground at Bay Terrace Center

Posted by: Jared Mintz on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

More than 4,100 kids now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active play they need so they can thrive. On Friday, September 23, the Bay Terrace Center of the Samuel Field Y built a kid-designed play space in less than eight hours with the help of more than 300 people from the Samuel Field Y, Disney, community members and organizers from KaBOOM!.

"The Samuel Field Y is thrilled to have been awarded a KaBOOM! playground build at the Bay Terrace Pool and Tennis Center,” said Jeri Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Samuel Field Y. “We are so grateful to KaBOOM! who partnered us with the Walt Disney Company to design and build a state-of-the-art, inclusive playground that can support and provide fun, recreational and educational play opportunities for all of the children in our community.  Today truly was an exhilarating day of creation, collaboration and camaraderie and we look forward to the play possibilities that lie ahead!"

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special event in July. Their ideas were then incorporated into the final playground design.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive because #PlayMatters. The new playground is one of many made possible with support from Disney as part of The Walt Disney Company Healthy Living Commitment, a long-standing commitment to create healthier generations by making healthy living fun and simple.

“Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a healthy and productive adult,” said Kevin Callahan, vice president of community and engagement, Corporate Citizenship at Disney. “Disney is proud to join KaBOOM!  and accelerate efforts that move every child to play every day—at home, in school and in the community. Together, we hope to make places to play more accessible, and inspire kids and families to stay active.”

KaBOOM! works to accelerate efforts that move every child in America to play every day. Together with Disney, more than 70 new play spaces across America give thousands of kids access to healthier lifestyles, along with a safe and fun place to play and grow. 

By the end of 2016, Disney’s support will bring the magic of play to over 83,000 kids and families.

Aside from Disney, ABC, and KaBOOM!, this special day wouldn't have been possible without the generosity and selflessness of the following organizations and people: Cord Meyer, The Central Queens Y, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, The Grand at Queens, E. Gluck Corporation, Stop & Shop, Pietro's Pizzeria and Cafe, Queens College and the Queens College Athletic Department, Francis Lewis High School, Thomas Edison High School, MinuteMan Press of Bellerose, AgeWell New York, SUNY Farmingdale, Bayside Milk Farm, Consolidated Vending, ASA Vending, Dunkin Donuts, Barclays, QDoba, Slim's Bagels, Benny's Kosher Pizza, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Brandywine Assisted Living at the Savoy, Outback Steakhouse, and Jack's Pizza & Pasta.

To see pictures and videos from this special day for the Samuel Field Y, visit our Facebook page.

Check out ABC Eyewitness News' coverage here.

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Samuel Field Y
58-20 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck, NY 11362
(718) 225-6750

Bay Terrace Center of the Samuel Field Y
212-00 23rd Ave
Bayside, NY 11360
(718) 423-6111


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