BREC is the recipient of a $7,100 Let’s Play Improvement Grant to use toward the purchase of a playground equipment system.
The funds come from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, leader of the Let’s Play community partnership and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that works with its partners to build, open or improve playgrounds, a news release said.
BREC used the grant funds to purchase a playground equipment system for use with events, summer camps, Tiny Steps and Youth 360 after-school programs. Another system will be installed at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum when it is complete.
The play system is a large-scale building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope for hands-on free play and learning.
“This will be a great addition to our camps since it stimulates the imaginations of children while also providing STEM learning components,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said in a news release.
A Community Build Day to install the system was held June 6 at Hartley-Vey Gardere Park. Volunteers and BREC staff built the playground in one day.