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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Pat Brown, Executive Director
Redwood City 2020
650-423-2207

Redwood City & Redwood City 2020 Awarded $15,000 “Let’s Play” Grant

Redwood City, CA – Redwood City 2020 and the City of Redwood City have been awarded a $15,000 “Let’s Play” grant to help foster active play, exercise, health, and wellness of kids throughout the community. This “Joint Use” grant will be used to further the ability for school playgrounds to be used during non-school hours for the community’s children to play and exercise. The grant is from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM!, and was awarded to Redwood City in part due to the City’s selection as a 2012 Playful City USA community earlier this year by KaBOOM!

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, DPS Group (www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com) made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. 

As advocates for health and wellness for all children in our community, Redwood City 2020 is committed to increasing opportunities for exercise and to promoting healthy active lifestyles,” said Pat Brown, Executive Director of Redwood City 2020. “We believe that this grant will significantly strengthen the shared use of playgrounds and other facilities on school campuses and allow our community to enjoy the use of school and city facilities to the to the fullest extent possible.  This work will help ensure that our children have access to safe places to play, now and in the future.” 

Joint use agreements are partnerships with local school districts to open school recreation facilities to the public during non-school hours. Through a grant from the State Department of Public Health, Redwood City 2020 facilitated efforts between the City and the Redwood City School District to develop a joint use policy agreement to promote public access for recreational and community activity uses on school sites and adjacent City parks. This Let’s Play Joint Use Grant will be used to formalize and extend the joint use of facilities between the district, the City, and members of the community.

Playful City USA was created by KaBOOM! (www.kaboom.org) in 2007 as a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children.Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. Through Let’s Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. More information is online at www.LetsPlay.com.

Redwood City 2020, a healthy community partnership of 8 organizations (Redwood City, First 5 San Mateo County, John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City School District, San Mateo County, Sequoia Union High School District, and Sequoia Healthcare District) brings together key public and private organizations in our community in ongoing efforts to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families. Together, Redwood City 2020 partners identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. Visit www.rwc2020.org.

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