ymcaplaygroundIt took a team of 200 volunteers less than eight hours to build a new playground at The Community YMCA on Saturday, November 2.

Press release from The Communty YMCA

A dream is now a reality for children in Red Bank, as their drawings were turned into a new playground on Saturday, November 2. In less than eight hours, a play space was built at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center with the help of more than 200 volunteers from The Community YMCA, Good Neighbor Pharmacy and the non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground —which was made possible by funds donated by Good Neighbor Pharmacy and matched by its parent company, AmerisourceBergen — will serve hundreds of children in the community for years to come.

“The Community YMCA is truly grateful to KaBOOM! and Good Neighbor Pharmacy for their generosity and commitment  to ensuring that all children have a safe place to play,” said Rhonda Anderson, President and CEO of The Community YMCA. “We thank them and the many hardworking volunteers and local businesses who supported this project. Together, we are making a lasting impact for children in our community.”

Planning for the playground began at a design day event held on September 3, where local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Good Neighbor Pharmacy to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design.

“Good Neighbor Pharmacy is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to local communities like Red Bank through our partnership with KaBOOM!,” says AJ Caffentzis, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.

Incorporating such features as a Rocky Ridge Climber, Rumble Seat Slide and swings, the  2,400 square-foot playground at CYMCA’s Maple Avenue facility is the first of five that will be built together by KaBOOM! and Good Neighbor Pharmacy. In 2013, KaBOOM! will build more than 150 playgrounds across the country in an effort to fulfill its vision of providing a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.