A new playground and garden were built last Friday in Wai‘anae, the community where Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, will begin welcoming guests on August 29, 2011. Disney VoluntEARS joined in this local construction project with community residents, volunteers from Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao Public Charter School and organizers from KaBOOM, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing play spaces for children throughout the country. The entire project was completed in a single day.
The playground includes a garden, so children can grow healthy food and get hands-on education about nature, sustainability and nutrition. As part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, Disney is contributing more than $1 million in 2011 to help KaBOOM build playgrounds and educational gardens in communities across the U.S., inspiring kids to make healthy lifestyles fun.
The children of the Wai‘anae community actually took part in the design of this playground, meeting at a Design Day in February to draw pictures of their dream play area. The drawings were used to create the final design. The new playground will provide a safe place to play for more than 500 children in the community, as well as a recess play area for the children of Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao Public Charter School, which had no playground prior to this.
It looks like the kids and volunteers have created a great play area. What would you put in your dream playground?