Learn more about Senior Playgrounds in the United States
Senior Playgrounds in the United States
What Are Senior Playgrounds Like?
“For people who spend time caring for grandchildren, multi generation playgrounds make sense – and that’s the model that the nonprofit KaBOOM!, working with the Humana Foundation, is pushing in the United States. Since 2011, KaBOOM! Has built 53 multigenerational playgrounds across the country, according to spokesperson Sarah Pinsky. Many of KaBOOM’s playgrounds are in low-income communities. “One specific benefit of a multigenerational space is you get children and seniors interacting in ways they might not otherwise,” Pinsky told us. “Plus, it’s a great opportunity for children to see role models of active seniors.” Here’s a 2012 news report of the first multigenerational playground in NYC…”
“KaBOOM! has constructed 53 multigenerational playgrounds in cities across America, but we still have plenty of catching up to do with the rest of the world. In just the greater Barcelona area alone, there are close to 300 parks for senior citizens (see the video below). Don’t let anyone tell you that playtime is just for kids.”
What is this KaBOOM about?
“The state of play” aka KaBOOM is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balance and active play needed to thrive. How is KaBOOM involved though with seniors?
As published by the Huffington Post, “The United States’ approach to playgrounds for the elderly is slightly different. U.S. playgrounds are being built for multiple generations, not just for seniors. KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization, is working in partnership with the Humana Foundation to build multigenerational playgrounds throughout the country. KaBOOM! has built 53 multigenerational playgrounds across America that have served 135,471 kids and 61,500 seniors, according to Sarah Pinsky, Director of Client Services at KaBOOM!.”
KaBOOM is turning it’s focus to include the ever growing need for Senior Playgrounds! In Tampa, prior to the playground project with Humana and KaBOOM!, Ragan Park had outdated playground equipment for children and just a walking path for adults in the community. Neither were utilized by the community. Now usage of the outdoor space has dramatically increased, even beyond the new playground, with heavy attendance by neighborhood children, seniors and adults. It is truly amazing to see the amount of Barcelona elderly parks reach over 300 alone, which correlates to one for every town in the district.
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