The play equipment at Clark Park is on its way to a new home thanks to Kids Around the World. Kids Around the World, is a not for profit organization that refurbishes playground equipment and installs it in impoverished areas around the world. The Elk Grove Park District has partnered with KATW for over 10 years to make older equipment and play available to children who need it at schools, orphanages or villages. Play is so important for children's development no matter where they live. Re-purposing the equipment from our parks, KATW will repaint, package, ship and install the equipment. They use corporate and private contributions to help with shipping costs which can exceed $20,000 per playground.
KATW volunteers will meet to help local communities to install the equipment where it is needed. Some of the locations that Elk Grove Village playgrounds have gone to are Nepal, Haiti, Romania and Kenya. Thanks to our contribution of playground equipment more kids will have the opportunity to play and be healthier and happier.
The new Clark playground equipment will be installed later this fall and ready for our kids to have fun too. The new equipment is partially funded by a grant from Gametime, and will be appropriate for children 2-5 years old with supervision. Swings, a merry go round, and play structure with climbers and slides will be located just east of the old playground. New site furniture will complete the renovation.