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Baltimore kids design their dream playgrounds

Posted at 11:22 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 23:26:19-04

Crayons to paper lead to dreams becoming reality.

Kids from East Baltimore designed their dream playgrounds as part of an initiative from KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to building, opening or improving playgrounds all over the country.

"Playgrounds are brain-expanders, muscle builders, friend makers," said Brittany Riley, senior project manager. "Playgrounds are the epicenter of every child's development and every kid's opportunity to grow into being a successful adult."

Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into a new playground that will be built this summer. As for why KaBOOM! is letting the kid's make the design?

"They're the play experts," Riley said. "They know what they want, they know how to play, and we need to tap into them as the resources to guide us into giving them exactly what they want."

The playground that these kids designed will be built in just six hours on June 10 at Eager Park in East Baltimore. Kickoff is at 8:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting is at 2:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story mentioned an incorrect playground building date. It has since been updated.