The U.S. Launches National Public Lands Day & Play Day

Photo: Photo Courtesey of NEEF

Communities can win grants of up to $10,000 to further improve a local park.

KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play, has partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation to promote National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and Play Days 2010, both being held on September 25.  By starting a project at playday.kaboom.org, communities can win grants of up to $10,000 to further improve a local park.

“This partnership focuses on both organizations sharing information and resources to provide the best volunteer and play experiences for NPLD and Play Days,” said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day. "Both organizations have similar goals – getting children and families outdoors. This partnership is a natural fit."

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single outdoor volunteer event, this year drawing an estimated 170,000 volunteers at over 2,300 sites across the country on September 25.  KaBOOM! Play Day 2010 is a national celebration to save play in the lives of children. It includes games, activities and "spruce up events" at playgrounds coast-to-coast between September 18-26, 2010.

Working together, KaBOOM! and NPLD will encourage participation in both activities. Specifically, NEEF will help KaBOOM! Play Day sites integrate park improvement volunteer activities.  In return, KaBOOM! will help NPLD participants engage the community with fun outdoor recreational activities.

Groups that participate in both programs are eligible for improvement grants of up to$10,000, courtesy of Mott’s and NFL PLAY 60.

This partnership helps with NPLD's outreach, especially among families with young children and in urban and suburban areas where many pocket parks, or small neighborhood green spaces, are situated. With more than 2,300 NPLD sites, September 25 will truly be a national event for the whole family.  Last year, more than 1,200 communities across the country held KaBOOM! Play Days, raising both funding and volunteer support for their local parks and playground.