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Designed by Kids, Built by Volunteers: Redwood City, Amgen Foundation, and KaBOOM! Team Up to Build New Playground at Mezes Park

Redwood City, CA – February 23, 2009 - More than 200 volunteers from Amgen and the community of Redwood City, along with organizers from KaBOOM!, will join forces on a single day - Saturday, March 7- to build a new, safe playground at Mezes Park. The new playground’s design is based on drawings provided by children who attended a Design Day event in January, and now this fabulous one-day volunteer project is about to take off! It’s just like an old-fashioned barn raising, but with a modern urban twist!

  • Saturday, March 7
    Mezes Park, 301 Standish Street, Redwood City
    8:30 am – Kick-Off Ceremony featuring Redwood City Vice Mayor Diane Howard
    11 -1 pm – Great time to visit and view the playground under construction
    2:30 pm – Dedication Ceremony featuring Redwood City Mayor Rosanne Foust

Neighborhood parks are a crucial element in a community’s quality of life, offering kids, adults, and seniors a place to relax and be active and fit with family and friends. Parks simply provide room to breathe and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. A high-quality, safe, and inviting neighborhood playground nearby is of great importance to families, and it’s gratifying that even in these difficult economic times our community is filled with caring and thoughtful volunteers who want to help ensure kids have access to this great resource.

The Amgen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Amgen, Inc., a biotechnology pioneer that discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics, is partnering with Redwood City and KaBOOM! to help strengthen and enrich the community and make a difference for families who will benefit from the new playspace. The project will replace outdated playground equipment with a brand new and safe playground. It’s a great example of building community and Redwood City Pride at work!

The playground is the third built by KaBOOM! and Amgen in California, and one of more than 200 KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2009. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,500 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields, and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources including an online community, regional and national trainings, grants, publications, and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and the Playmaker Network – a national network of individual advocates for play. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit

The Amgen Foundation ( seeks to advance science education, improve patient access to quality care, and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made $130 million in grants to local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also supported disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.

Redwood City’s adopted Core Purpose is “Build a Great Community Together” – and with the help of KaBOOM!, the Amgen Foundation, Amgen volunteers, and our local community volunteers, that’s exactly what’s happening at Mezes Park. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s newsletters or other City documents at



Chris Beth, Redwood Cit,y 650-780-7253
Stephanie Ashe, Amgen, 650-728-7087
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 202-464-6076


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