Sunday, September 15, 2013
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded the City of Kenmore a $20,000 Let’s Play City Construction Grant. Kenmore will use the grant to build a new playground with community involvement.
The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child.
“We are thrilled to make Kenmore an even better place to live and play by using this grant to help fund the development of our first neighborhood park since we incorporated as a City,” says Mayor David Baker."
The grant will be used to help construct a new playground at Northshore Summit Park in Kenmore. This park is the city’s first neighborhood park development project since incorporating in August, 1998. Community meetings and workshops held over six years resulted in an approved master plan which includes a playground featuring a mix of traditional and natural looking play equipment.
Northshore Summit Park is a 3.6 acre undeveloped park in the northeast corner of Kenmore. The completed park will contain a challenging playground for children ages 2-12 years of age, walking trails, open lawn and meadow areas for informal play, areas for picnicking and improved landscaping to encourage “backyard” habitat. The park project is currently out to bid with an anticipated completion date for winter of this year or spring of next year, depending on the weather.