New Playground by KaBOOM! Coming to Dexter Training Ground

New Playground by KaBOOM! Coming to Dexter Training Ground

Thursday, June 16, 2011

City partners with neighborhood association to build new space for play.

The Providence Department of Parks & Recreation and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association are pleased to announce that their joint proposal to build a new playground at Dexter Training Ground has been selected by KaBOOM! and sponsor United Healthcare.

"The West Broadway Neighborhood Association is one of the most active community-building organizations in Providence. Having plenty of safe, outdoor places for our kids to play is so important to our City and I am thrilled that our Parks and Recreation Department will be teaming up with the WBNA, KaBOOM! and United Healthcare to build a new playground in Providence," said Mayor Angel Taveras.

A "design day" for the Dexter playground is planned for mid-August to get neighbors and community members involved in designing and building the playground to make it a true community-centered space. Construction of the new playground is slated for mid-October.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit whose mission is to create play spaces throughout the country through the participation and leadership of communities. The playground at the Dexter Training Ground will be the fifth site built in Providence through the KaBOOM! program.

"KaBOOM! has been a great partner in creating new playgrounds in Providence," said Superintendent of Parks & Recreation Bob McMahon. "They have helped us build new play spaces in Donigian Park, Merino Park, Peace Street Park, and Davis Park."

West End neighbors who are interested in getting involved in the planning process are encouraged to contact the WBNA at

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