Organizations Come Together For Flint Kids

From United Way of Genesee County

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Flint – Last month it was announced that two brand new playgrounds will be built this August at two City of Flint locations, Hasselbring and Broome Parks.

This evening, 20 young residents directly impacted by these builds will come together to draw their dream playground at Church Without Walls in Flint. Designers at Miracle Midwest Recreation Company have created three different layouts for the playgrounds. The community is invited to help choose which of these three playgrounds will be built as part of Hasselbring Park on August 15 and Broome Park on August 18th. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/k8TGvDrJhJZMhzH53 through June 11th, 2017 at 7:00 PM to vote for your favorite design and give feedback on each playground plan.

According to National Recreation and Park Association standards and Michigan Department of Natural Resources planning guidelines, the City of Flint needs another 36 playgrounds to meet the needs of its nearly 100,000 residents. Broome Park is one the largest active play parks in Flint and serves much of the area between I-69 and I-475 on the southwest side of Flint. Broome hosts multiple baseball and softball leagues as well as Flint Olympian and CANUSA soccer leagues. The playground equipment currently in Broome Park was installed in 1968 and is structurally deficient. Hasselbring is located on Flint’s far northwest side in the Brownell-Holmes neighborhood. Right now, there is no playground within a quarter of a mile for the 716 children living in the area to easily access.

The goal of these playground builds is to enhance the communities and improve the quality of life of children and families in Flint. The work will take place the week of August 14th to coincide with the Flint Homecoming event held by the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Flint Homecoming will welcome back Flint and Genesee County residents and provide opportunities to network and re-engage with their native community. Hasselbring Park Build Day will be Tuesday, August 15th and Broome Park Build Day will be Friday, August 18th.

Those interested in being involved in the project or becoming a donor or sponsor should visit www.unitedwaygenesee.org/flintkidsplay or email info@unitedwaygenesee.org or call 810.232.8121 and press 0.

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Contact:
Amy Meister
810.762.0855
Director of Development and Technology
United Way of Genesee County

About The United Way of Genesee County: Founded in 1922, United Way of Genesee County currently supports more than 150 programs with direct grants, helping more than 75,000 people in Genesee County. The agency’s investment model is based on Education, Health, Financial Stability and Basic Needs.

About Make An Impact Foundation: The mission of Make An Impact Foundation is to promote the education and well-being of children. Our vision at MAIF is to meet the needs of children by identifying worthwhile projects, empowering project champions, and finding donor partners to help meet each need.