Kids Create their Dream Playground in Burlington

Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Bolus Gardens Parkette

Photo/Interview Opportunities Available

--()--Foresters Financial:

WHAT:   More than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™ (@weareforesters), City of Burlington (@cityburlington), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Burlington community will join forces on Sunday, August 13, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Bolus Gardens Parkette. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June.
 
WHEN: Sunday, August 13

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Foresters Family Fun Zone (arts & crafts, games & more for children and families)

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Best viewing of playground construction

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Final construction phase

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate playground

(Times are approximate)

 
WHERE: Bolus Gardens Parkette

970 Francis Road

Burlington, ON L7T 3Z1

 
WHY: The playground in Bolus Gardens Parkette is well used by many families in the surrounding residential area. It is up for renewal to make sure children in the Francis Road area continue have access to outdoor play. Over its 15 year lifespan, the new playground will eventually serve more than 1,200 children and their families in the community, providing them with a safe place to play.

 

Playgrounds provide an opportunity for families to spend quality time together and get to know other families in their community. A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker and muscle-builder. It’s a pillar in the community.

 

Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, helps families reach their financial goals, protect themselves and make a lasting difference in their communities. Since 2006, Foresters has invested more than $13 million with KaBOOM! to build over 140 playgrounds across the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2017. Over their 15-year lifespan, these playgrounds will strengthen the community and provide more than 5 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together.

 

KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. #playmatters

 
VISUALS: Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving 1,200 square feet of safety surfacing by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

About City of Burlington
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About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $44 billion.1 With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries, including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer. Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.

1 in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2016

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

Contacts

City of Burlington:
Sharon Will, 905-335-7600, ext. 7483
sharon.will@burlington.ca
or
Foresters Financial:
Greg Hubert, 416-429-3000 ext. 4044
ghubert@foresters.com
or
KaBOOM!:
Lucy Nutting, 202-464-6195
lnutting@kaboom.org

Contacts

City of Burlington:
Sharon Will, 905-335-7600, ext. 7483
sharon.will@burlington.ca
or
Foresters Financial:
Greg Hubert, 416-429-3000 ext. 4044
ghubert@foresters.com
or
KaBOOM!:
Lucy Nutting, 202-464-6195
lnutting@kaboom.org