Communities design playgrounds to be built in advance of political conventions

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Residents of Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., are designing their own unique multigenerational playgrounds, which will be built in conjunction with the Republican and Democratic national political conventions that will be held in those two cities this summer.

The playgrounds are part of a continuing partnership between Humana and the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, to create neighborhood legacies that promote healthy play and well-being. Each playground has senior and adult-focused elements, such as fitness stations to promote good posture, balance and flexibility, as well as traditional kid-friendly equipment and areas where families can gather for picnics and reunions.

The first step in each of the playground builds is to bring children, seniors and other community members together to compile a wish list and design the elements that will make the space unique and best-suited to their own needs.

Tonja Wilson and her daughter Sarayah participated in Charlotte’s design day on June 12. “This park means a great deal to me because my family will be part of the hands-on experience,” said Wilson. “My daughter will be able to look back one day and show her children what a great project she was part of. This project is a great deal to the kids and seniors. It will be something that they will be proud of for the rest of their lives and to call their own.”

Carmen Fowler, community manager of The Village of Rosedale, where the Charlotte playground will be built on Aug. 4, said the close-knit community often holds social events. “The residents are excited for an area they can all enjoy as a family together,” she said. “The playground will be a wonderful addition.”

Tampa residents met on May 31 to design their customized playground, which will be built Aug. 11 at the Ragan Park Community Center in advance of the Republican National Convention, which will be held Aug. 27-30. The Democratic National Convention will be held Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte.

In addition to the playground builds, Humana is excited to be working in Tampa with the Republican National Convention, Host Committee team and Mayor Bob Buckhorn, as well as in Charlotte with the Democratic National Convention, Host Committee team and Mayor Anthony Foxx, to bring a new version of Humana’s Freewheelin’ program to the 2012 national political conventions. After plans are finalized with each city, Humana will announce details about the program, describing how convention visitors and local residents will be able to have fun, exercise and get around each downtown during the conventions utilizing the Humana Freewheelin’ program.

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