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New playgrounds coming to Flint

The goal of these playground builds is to enhance the community and improve the quality of life of children and families in Flint. (Photo courtesy of Miracle Midwest)

Flint, Mich. – Following last year’s successful playground build at Berston Field House, organizations have partnered to build two more playgrounds for the children of Flint! Partners include the Make An Impact Foundation, United Way of Genesee County, The City of Flint, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, and Keep Genesee County Beautiful. This collaborative effort will result in the building of two brand new playgrounds this August at two City of Flint locations, Hasselbring and Broome Park.

Thank you to Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Foundation for Flint, United Way of Genesee County and Make an Impact Foundation for kick-starting this event with their financial contribution to the build as well as FOX66, NBC25 and CW46 for their in-kind marketing support we are within $20,000 of our goal to build these playgrounds.

According to National Recreation and Park Association standards and Michigan Department of Natural Resources planning guidelines, the City of Flint needs another36 playgrounds to meet the needs of its nearly 100,000 residents. Broome Park is one the largest active play parks in Flint and serves much of the area between I-69 and I-475 on the southwest side of Flint. Broome hosts multiple baseball & softball leagues as well Flint Olympian and CANUSA soccer leagues. The playground equipment currently in Broome Park was installed in 1968 and is structurally deficient. Hasselbring is located on Flint’s far northwest side in the Brownell-Homes neighborhood. Right now, there is no playground within a quarter of a mile for the 716 children living in the area to easily access.

The goal of these playground builds is to enhance the community and improve the quality of life of children and families in Flint. The work will take place the week of August 14th to coincide with the Flint Homecoming event held by the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Flint homecoming will welcome back Flint & Genesee County residents and provide opportunities to network and re-engage their native community. For further information on Flint Homecoming, please visit www.flinthomecoming.com.

Hasselbring Park Build Day will be Tuesday, August 15th and the Broome Park Build Day will be Friday, August 18th.

Those interested in being involved in the project or becoming a donor or sponsor should visit www.unitedwaygenesee.org/flintkidsplay or email info@unitedwaygenesee.org or call 810.232.8121 and press 0.

About The United Way of Genesee County: Founded in 1922, United Way of Genesee County currently supports more than 150 programs with direct grants, helping more than 75,000 people in Genesee County. The agency’s investment model is based on Education, Health, Financial Stability and Basic Needs.

About Make and Impact Foundation: The mission of Make An Impact Foundation is to promote the education and well-being of children. Our vision at MAIF is to meet the needs of children by identifying worthwhile projects, empowering project champions, and finding donor partners to help meet each need.

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