NBC25/FOX66 team up with Make an Impact Foundation to build playground
In a matter of days, a new playground was built at Flint's Broome Park by NBC25/FOX66 employees along with a number of community partners
The Make an Impact Foundation along with the City of Flint, The United Way of Genesee County and Community Foundation of Greater Flint are just some of the agencies that made the new playground possible.
"Whats most important here is that there is a ton of building blocks that are created, families are building their family relationships, kids are building their imaginations, it's exciting times, said Community Foundation of Greater Flint CEO Isaiah Oliver."
Dozens of children enjoyed the park on the night of its grand opening.
"Having young people be healthy and active if a very important part of our work, this playground is indicative of the mayor's vision, we want to make sure that the kids have a safe place to play," said Flint City administrator Sylvester Jones Jr.
People who live in this neighborhood came out Friday night for the grand opening to enjoy the new park with their friends and family.
"It's better for kids to just come down the street and play on it instead of their parents having to get their kids out to a park", said Annyjah Gibson
This playground is a smart playground designed by the Biba company. Parents download an APP on their phone which can then be used to guide children through a variety of games and adventures on the playground.
"Kids are going to want to want to play on their smartphone all the time, the idea here is the caregiver is the one operating the phone, the child is the one performing the activities whether it be going down a slide or riding on a swing or crawling through a crawl tube and then they go back to the caretaker to complete the activity and then move onto the next item, said David Tooley with Miracle Midwest.