FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE\March 12, 2015
CONTACT:Jamie Swafford, Lower Umpqua Hospital Foundation, 541-271-6374, firstname.lastname@example.org Kristine Austria, KaBOOM!, 202-464-6427, email@example.com
Lion’s Park Project Awarded $15,000 Let’s Play Construction Grant From Dr Pepper Snapple and National Non-Profit KaBOOM!
REEDSPORT, OR, March 2015 – Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the Lower Umpqua Hospital Foundation’s Lion’s Park Project a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to replace the pre-school children’s playground equipment at Lion’s Park.
The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016.
“Several generations of children grew up playing in Lion’s Park,” said Ike Launstein, president of the Lower Umpqua Hospital Foundation. “Lion’s Park is the first attraction people notice when entering Reedsport from the South.”
“Thousands of children have grown up playing on the Big Toys and the swings for the last 30 years but if you’ve been to the park in the last couple years, you’ll notice parts are missing. The big yellow spiral slide has been removed and its entrance has been boarded up. The climbing web eroded and had to be taken down. The zip line handle is broken, the ball bearings in the merry-go-round are shot, and nearly every inch of metal is rusted! Something needs to be done!” said volunteer grant writer Vik Schaaf.
Lion’s Park, located on Highway 101 in Reedsport – home of Reedsport’s world-famous Skate Park –used to be the place for area children to play after school and on weekends. During the mid-1980’s a group of community volunteers built two play areas in Lion’s Park: one for pre-school children and one for older children. They used materials that are common to the area: pilings, timbers, tires, steel bolts, sheets of steel, and ropes. Thirty years have taken a toll on the equipment which has deteriorated and become questionable for children to play on and around.
A group of individuals is helping raise the funds needed to renovate the play areas of the park with help from organizations such as KaBOOM! and the Dr Pepper Snapple Let’s Play program. Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority.
The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the joyful childhood filled with play they need to thrive. Through the first three years, they built 41 playgrounds, with more than 2,300 DPS employees contributing nearly 19,000 volunteer hours in the construction, and provided grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for the improvement of another 2,004 playgrounds by the end of 2013.
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.
About the Lower Umpqua Hospital Foundation
The Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organized for the purpose of promoting the growth and development of the citizens of Western Douglas County, and of the Lower Umpqua Hospital District, and organizations which advance the health-related programs of the District.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. Since Let’s Play launched in 2011, DPS has worked with nonprofit KaBOOM! to build or improve more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America and in 2014 partnered with Good Sports to provide sports gear for deserving athletic organizations in communities coast to coast. For more information, visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at
www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom. ###