Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! Award Ottawa Let’s Play Construction Grant
OTTAWA, KS, – Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the City of Ottawa a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to complete the third phase of the Goppert Teen Park project on West 15th Street.
The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative by KDP to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, KDP and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring PLAYces for Ottawa and Franklin County kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am about this announcement. We needed this funding to get the third phase complete and this announcement will help us ensure that we are building in the spring of 2019! Plus, I love community building projects!!” said Fonda Rose, Ottawa Play Taskforce Chairperson. “The Goppert Teen Park will be completed thanks to all of the donors and this last big gift,” said Mayor Mike Skidmore, “and actually installing it together is icing on the cake. Giving our teens a special place to be active has been an important goal for four years.”
The proposal submitted for funding was to build the agility course, the last significant feature in the park. There are other components such as a shelter that still need funding, so if you are interested, there is still time to participate. The city will plan the build day in the spring, like others held in the past.
The Goppert Teen Park project is the most ambitious project undertaken to improve the parks since the pool renovations in 2006. The goal of the teen project is to decrease alcohol and drug use by our teens by providing alternative options for activity in with challenging features in a safe location along with increasing their physical activity and development.
Phase three is the remaining phase and the expenses for equipment totals approximately $37,500, and other features would total $51,350 for this phase. The funds raised to date for this phase is 31,500 so the grant of $15,000 puts the project just $5,000 shy of the project completion. It is hoped the remaining funds will be generated by spring of 2019.
The playground will be constructed with volunteers in the late spring of 2019 through the KaBOOM! community build model. We encourage folks to visit our playground website at the city website to watch for the updates, sign up to be a construction volunteer or other volunteer for the build days. If you are interested in donating, please contact Wynndee Lee, City Hall, 229-3620.
KDP has committed $38.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019, impacting youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, KDP partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, KDP is doing its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.
Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.
On Sept.6, 1864, Ottawa was founded along the south side of the Marais des Cygnes River. The town was incorporated in 1866, and in 1867, voted to become a City of the Second Class under the guidelines established by the State of Kansas. For more information, visit www.ottawaks.gov or call (785) 229-3600.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an initiative by Keurig Dr Pepper to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. KDP partners with KaBOOM! to build and improve playgrounds and with Good Sports to provide sports equipment grants to kids that would otherwise not have access. Let’s Play has already provided more than 11 million kids new opportunities to play. With year-round grants available for new or improved playgrounds and sports equipment, Let’s Play helps kids achieve balanced, well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
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 kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and Instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids