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Fort Worth Independent School District, Challenge of Tarrant County, and KABOOM! to Unveil Kid-Designed Playspaces

FORT WORTH, TX - Students at three Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) elementary schools will soon celebrate new playgrounds, in collaboration with Challenge of Tarrant County and KABOOM!. W.M. Green Elementary, C.C. Moss Elementary, and De Zavala Elementary are prepping to debut kid-designed, community-built playground following months-long collaboration.

Build dates are as follows, with media invited to capture photos each day during the volunteer-led builds from 8 am-2:30 pm, with ribbon cuttings taking place each of the following dates at 2:30pm except W.M. Green’s that will be at 1:30pm:

 

Thurs., Nov. 30 - W.M. Green Elementary

4612 David Strickland Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76119

Fri., Dec. 1 - De Zavala Elementary

1419 College Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104

 Fri., Dec. 8 - C.C. Moss Elementary

4108 Eastland St. Fort Worth, TX 76119

 

The new playspaces with Fort Worth ISD and Challenge of Tarrant County are part of a nationwide effort led by KABOOM! to end playspace inequity – the reality that far too many children – especially children of color – do not get the chance to play on a playground, something that should be part of every child’s life. Community members led the creation of the playground, from design to installation. Leading up to designing the playgrounds, kids shared drawings of their dream playspaces with project organizers. These ideas were integrated into the new playground design. 

 

From FWISD: The introduction of a new playground isn't just about swings and slides; it's a transformative experience. These playspaces are not just special because of the vibrant colors or exciting equipment—they’re unique because the students themselves played architects. Involving them in the design process empowers the community, turning the playground into a symbol of collective dreams and shared aspirations. A playground is not just a place to play; it's a testament to what a community can achieve when given the opportunity to shape its own joy.

 

Playing is the essence of childhood and is a critical developmental need that provides countless physical, social, and mental health benefits. However, far too many children, especially in communities of color, do not have a place to play near where they live or learn. The new playgrounds, designed with the neighborhood’s unique needs and aspirations in mind, bring FWISD one step closer toward ending playspace inequity and ensuring that no matter where a child lives or their background, they have limitless opportunities and joyful childhoods that are centered around play.

 

“Playgrounds are an iconic part of childhood where kids collect some of their best memories and experience the countless physical and mental health benefits of play,” said Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!. “KABOOM! is thrilled to work with our partners to bring to life the new playspaces in Fort Worth ISD and ensure that generations of kids can grow up happy and healthy through access to playspaces where they feel they are valued and belong.”

 

Challenge of Tarrant County has provided support for the new playground through its partnership with KABOOM!, furthering its commitment to ending playspace inequity. The Challenge of Tarrant County has been in partnership with KABOOM! since 2022 and has completed seven builds, with these three builds rounding out 10 in total.“The goals of the district to expand learning spaces to be equitable across the district are aligned with Challenge,” said Jennifer Gilley, Executive Director of Challenge of Tarrant County. “This needs to be a place of health and wellness where parents come with their children,” she said, reflecting on the impact her school playground had on her growing up.  “It was a hub of the community. Everybody came together, you never knew who was going to show up. And it was a place where you build relationships. It wasn’t just about the kid’s developing relationships but the parents, too.”

 

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About Fort Worth Independent School DistrictFort Worth Independent School District strives to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership. With more than 75,000 students attending 140 schools, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD schools. In Fort Worth, the district, community organizations, and individuals come together and listen and learn with the goal of improving student outcomes in every school in every zip code.

 

About Challenge of Tarrant County

Challenge of Tarrant County is dedicated to addressing substance misuse by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, promoting collaboration, and advocating for sound public policy. With more than 250 community partners involved in an array of coalition activities, Challenge has a wealth of resources available to accomplish its goals. Challenge’s core values are seen in the programs it creates and the outcomes it achieves, and its services have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. For more than 35 years, Challenge has remained focused on community health and wellness for all who call Tarrant County home.

 

About KABOOM!

KABOOM! is the national nonprofit committed to ending playspace inequity – the reality that quality places to play are not available to every child, especially in communities of color. Since 1996, KABOOM! has partnered with kids and communities to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces and ensure that nearly 12 million kids have equitable access to the crucial benefits and opportunities that playspaces offer. In 2022, KABOOM! launched the 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity to accelerate its mission in 25 high-priority locations over five years. Learn more at kaboom.org or join the conversation on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.