The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, the Westlawn Resident Council,Humana Inc., KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,100 playgrounds) and volunteers will join forces on Saturday, Sept. 29 to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground in the Westlawn Neighborhood, 5480 N. 67th St., starting at 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment.
The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana (a leading health and wellness company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members – from children to seniors – and will be built in six hours!
Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being. In addition to the traditional kid-friendly equipment, this unique area will feature senior-focused and adult elements, such as fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility, creating a truly multi-generational space. The project will also create an area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.
Currently, the families of Westlawn do not have a playground to call their own, nor are there any publicly accessible playgrounds in the immediate area. A new playground and multi-generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs, providing the youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as opportunities for the seniors to interact further with each other and the community.
The playground is an important piece of an ongoing revitalization plan for the Westlawn neighborhood, Wisconsin’s largest public housing community. The eastern half of Westlawn is currently being rebuilt from the ground up with 250 new affordable housing units and plans for additional market rate homes to create a new mixed-income community with an emphasis on healthy living. The playground will be the first new construction on Westlawn’s western half, and it will set the stage for the continued transformation of the neighborhood.
Hundreds of volunteers and community members will roll up their sleeves to build the new, 2,500-sq.-ft., playground from start-to-finish in one day in a fun, old-fashioned barn raising – with a playful twist! The project is one of 18 playgrounds being built by Humana and KaBOOM! across the U.S. in 2012.