The Grand Opening of the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Brings Out Celebrities, Philanthropists and Happy Children

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – July 2, 2010) –  It’s amazing how a new playground can breathe joy and a life into a community. Just ask the citizens of South Los Angeles. In May, PlayCore, together with their GameTime brand, CVS Pharmacy, Boundless Playgrounds and others helped Los Angeles breathe new life into the Gilbert Lindsay Community Center, and surrounding urban neighborhood, with a new playground.

What was once an empty patch of land in the middle of a congested, inner city now stands a gleaming playground that is the pride of the community. The center had previously built a new soccer field and 2,400 square foot recreation center, but still had no playground. Jon Mukri, General Manager for LA Recreation and Parks, promised the facility, “I will do all in my power to get you a new playground!”

Mukri called PlayCore CEO Bob Farnsworth, having heard of the many urban play areas the corporation had built. Farnsworth, having seen first hand the difference a play space can make on an underserved, urban neighborhood was excited and set the ball in motion by contacting Fred Leone, CEO of Boundless Playgrounds. Soon, other valuable sponsors stepped up in support, including the Good News Foundation, who was looking for a way to honor Anne and Kirk Douglas for the more than 400 playgrounds they had built in LA.

Over Memorial Day weekend LA’s Mayor, city employees, GameTime staff and others helped install the Kirk and Anne Douglas Playground. Myra Martinez, who lives nearby with her children, was excited about the revitalization and socialization this improved park has created, stating, “Before this playground there was nowhere in the area for mothers to take their children. This is so beautiful and the kids are so excited.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with LA City Staff and humanitarians Anne and Kirk Douglas, joined GameTime, PlayCore and other sponsors in a heartfelt ceremony held June 30th to dedicate and open the playground. PlayCore CEO Bob Farnsworth accepted a citation for the corporation’s work with urban communities, and told the crowd, “We are honored to have such a great job, bringing play to children and communities just like yours. We hope that you love your new playground as much as we love bringing it to you.” From the joyful smiles and shouts heard after the ribbon was cut, anyone would agree!

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