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Monday, September 29, 2014

Up Goes a Playground at Trinidad's Center City Public Charter School

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Volunteers from The Carlyle Group and organizers from KaBOOM! erected an impressive playground in a matter of hours this past Saturday. The students at Trinidad's Center City Public Charter School (1217 West Virginia Ave) will now have brand spanking new equipment to enjoy during recess.



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Aside from installing the new playground equipment, volunteers also repainted this basketball court...DSC_0035
and painted some benches...
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and built some more benches...DSC_0028
and made some easels (so the the kids can do a little painting of their own).

9 comments:

Grr said...

Hikari will stand alone..... http://m.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2014/09/the-next-big-thing-on-h-street-ne-rock-creek.html?r=full

Anonymous said...

Also this http://m.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2014/09/new-gateway-to-h-street-ne-mixed-use-building.html?r=full

Anonymous said...

Seeing as this is the second time it has been mentioned, I dont think it is a typo. Are there really 2000 students at this school? My HS had 2000 students and it was huge

inked said...

10:39,
That number came from a press release, but maybe it was an odd way of combining playground numbers. Yeah, that can't be accurate. I'll remove it.

inked said...

10:39,
I'm wondering if they were also counting neighborhood kids. Still seems high. I just checked, and total enrollment at the school is just over 200 students. I'm assuming there was a typo in the stats for the press releases.

Here are the press releases:

200 Volunteers Improve Washington, D.C. Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play

Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Center City Public Charter School – Trinidad Campus

Saturday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Photo/Interview Opportunities Available



WHAT:

More than 200 volunteers from The Carlyle Group (@OneCarlyle), Center City Public Charter Schools – Trinidad Campus (@CCPCSTrinidad), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Washington, D.C. community will join forces on Saturday, September 27, to give students the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Center City Public Charter School – Trinidad Campus. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in August.

WHEN: Saturday, September 27th
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Times approximate)

Kick-off ceremony
Best viewing of playground construction
Final construction phase
Ribbon-cutting ceremony

WHERE:

Center City Public Charter School – Trinidad Campus
1217 West Virginia Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers

WHY:

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. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives (#playmatters).



Washington, D.C., which is a Playful City USA community, understands that play—in all its forms—is a powerful thing. The new playground will bring more than 2,000 kids in Washington, D.C.one step closer to having the childhood they deserve. Currently, students of CCPCS just don’t have space to play. As part of the rigorous academic program CCPCS offers to students, it’s imperative for them to have a safe and engaging place to play. So far, CCPCS has created an indoor learning center for youth and has included exploration and creation as part of the curriculum for older grades but an outdoor playspace will definitely make a difference in these kids’ lives.



The playground is the second built by The Carlyle Group and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Carlyle Group supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.




VISUALS:

Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving 44,388 square feet of safety surfacing by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground.

inked said...

Part 2:

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More Than 200 Volunteers Team Up
to Build Playground for Washington, D.C. Children

Washington, D.C. (September 29, 2014) – More than 200 volunteers from The Carlyle Group (@OneCarlyle) and Center City Public Charter Schools – Trinidad Campus (@CCPCSTrinidad) joined organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the D.C. community to build a new playground at Center City Public Charter School – Trinidad Campus.

Designed in August when children from the area put crayons to paper to draw their dream playground, the new playspace includes a Tripple Racer Slide, Jumble Gym, Adventure Bridge, Quatro Seesaw, and much more. The new playground, primarily funded by The Carlyle Group, will provide more than 2,000 kids with a safe place to play.

Adam Palmer and David Marchick, Managing Directors of The Carlyle Group, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with KaBOOM! once again to build a school playground for over 2,000 kids, and are grateful for the support and volunteer spirit of our employees, members from PwC and Booz Allen and others in the community. Play is important for a child’s cognitive and social development and for a happy, healthy childhood. We are pleased to be part of this meaningful cause and be able to contribute to our community.”

Washington, D.C., which is a Playful City USA community, understands that play—in all its forms—is a powerful thing. Volunteers assembled the playground from start to finish in less than six hours. They mixed and poured thousands of pounds of concrete and moved enough safety surfacing to cover nearly nine NBA-sized basketball courts.

The playground is the second built by employees of The Carlyle Group and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Carlyle Group supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

“Our community has wanted a playground for quite some time where we could provide a space where our scholars can play, be creative, and just simply have fun,” said Angel McNeil, assistant principal at Center City Public Charter School. “We are grateful for the support of KaBOOM! and employees of The Carlyle Group who understood our need and embraced our community. For years to come children who are part of the CCPCS-Trinidad family can say they benefited from the generosity, hard work, and service of others.”

Anonymous said...

Earlier this year I got a letter about them wanting to convert that school into an adult rehab/job program campus. Was that not approved? I hope it was. No way that should be located there over an elementary school.

Anonymous said...

*hope it was not.

Anonymous said...

At 6:55, I thought they were approved to include the adult/rehab in the building on Neal and to keep the elementary school, too. Seems like programs are operating at the site from traffic in and out.