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KaBOOM! Playground Build Week

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Help build a playground with BlueCross BlueShield, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, KaBOOM! and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

Please note: All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.

Build Day opportunities for youth

  • 0–4 year olds must be accompanied by a parent during a Build Day. Parents are welcome to work with their children on community organized kids’ activities (e.g. relay races, face painting and other games).​
  • 5 to legal working age can participate in special projects to make the playground site a welcoming community space (e.g. painting mural boards and stepping stones for pathways, writing thank you notes for volunteers), which will be organized as part of kids’ activities.
  • Legal working age to 17 year olds who are supervised by a parent, can help with playground equipment assembly and site improvement projects such as murals, gardens, and painting all outside of the playground construction zone (the flat dirt surface with holes dug for the playground structure).

All children on the build site, regardless of age, will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 175 N. Parade Street, Buffalo, NY 14211

What’s Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

  • Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language
  • Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff
  • Please comply with all requests from on-site staff
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Only pre-approved power tools are permitted
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Youth may not participate in areas of active construction
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers
  • Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

Build Week Schedule

Delivery Day: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 15 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 1:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 50 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 2: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 40 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed

Prep Day 3: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 25 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • TBD – All prep work completed

Build Day: Friday, September 20, 2019 | 200 volunteers are needed

  • 6:30 AM – Team Leaders arrive
  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 8:30 AM – Kick-off ceremony
  • 2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

KaBOOM! Playground Build Week

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Help build a playground with BlueCross BlueShield, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, KaBOOM! and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

Please note: All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.

Build Day opportunities for youth

  • 0–4 year olds must be accompanied by a parent during a Build Day. Parents are welcome to work with their children on community organized kids’ activities (e.g. relay races, face painting and other games).​
  • 5 to legal working age can participate in special projects to make the playground site a welcoming community space (e.g. painting mural boards and stepping stones for pathways, writing thank you notes for volunteers), which will be organized as part of kids’ activities.
  • Legal working age to 17 year olds who are supervised by a parent, can help with playground equipment assembly and site improvement projects such as murals, gardens, and painting all outside of the playground construction zone (the flat dirt surface with holes dug for the playground structure).

All children on the build site, regardless of age, will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 175 N. Parade Street, Buffalo, NY 14211

What’s Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

  • Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language
  • Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff
  • Please comply with all requests from on-site staff
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Only pre-approved power tools are permitted
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Youth may not participate in areas of active construction
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers
  • Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

Build Week Schedule

Delivery Day: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 15 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 1:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 50 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 2: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 40 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed

Prep Day 3: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 25 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • TBD – All prep work completed

Build Day: Friday, September 20, 2019 | 200 volunteers are needed

  • 6:30 AM – Team Leaders arrive
  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 8:30 AM – Kick-off ceremony
  • 2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

KaBOOM! Playground Build Week

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Help build a playground with BlueCross BlueShield, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, KaBOOM! and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

Please note: All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.

Build Day opportunities for youth

  • 0–4 year olds must be accompanied by a parent during a Build Day. Parents are welcome to work with their children on community organized kids’ activities (e.g. relay races, face painting and other games).​
  • 5 to legal working age can participate in special projects to make the playground site a welcoming community space (e.g. painting mural boards and stepping stones for pathways, writing thank you notes for volunteers), which will be organized as part of kids’ activities.
  • Legal working age to 17 year olds who are supervised by a parent, can help with playground equipment assembly and site improvement projects such as murals, gardens, and painting all outside of the playground construction zone (the flat dirt surface with holes dug for the playground structure).

All children on the build site, regardless of age, will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 175 N. Parade Street, Buffalo, NY 14211

What’s Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

  • Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language
  • Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff
  • Please comply with all requests from on-site staff
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Only pre-approved power tools are permitted
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Youth may not participate in areas of active construction
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers
  • Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

Build Week Schedule

Delivery Day: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 15 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 1:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 50 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 2: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 40 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed

Prep Day 3: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 25 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • TBD – All prep work completed

Build Day: Friday, September 20, 2019 | 200 volunteers are needed

  • 6:30 AM – Team Leaders arrive
  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 8:30 AM – Kick-off ceremony
  • 2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

KaBOOM! Playground Build Week

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Help build a playground with BlueCross BlueShield, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, KaBOOM! and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy!

Project Information

Who: A total of approximately 200 volunteers from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Work is available for volunteers of all levels of skill and ability.

Please note: All youth under the legal working age for this state will be welcome to participate in youth activities but will not be able to participate in building in the playground construction areas.

Build Day opportunities for youth

  • 0–4 year olds must be accompanied by a parent during a Build Day. Parents are welcome to work with their children on community organized kids’ activities (e.g. relay races, face painting and other games).​
  • 5 to legal working age can participate in special projects to make the playground site a welcoming community space (e.g. painting mural boards and stepping stones for pathways, writing thank you notes for volunteers), which will be organized as part of kids’ activities.
  • Legal working age to 17 year olds who are supervised by a parent, can help with playground equipment assembly and site improvement projects such as murals, gardens, and painting all outside of the playground construction zone (the flat dirt surface with holes dug for the playground structure).

All children on the build site, regardless of age, will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 175 N. Parade Street, Buffalo, NY 14211

What’s Provided: Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that require them.

What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site.

Build Site Rules: All participants must comply with the following practices. These rules have been established and agreed upon to ensure the safety, comfort and respect for all involved. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the project.

  • Work together, treat everyone with respect and use family-friendly, inclusive language
  • Report any unsafe or inappropriate behavior to on-site staff
  • Please comply with all requests from on-site staff
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Only pre-approved power tools are permitted
  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Youth may not participate in areas of active construction
  • No smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • The use or carry of firearms is prohibited *with the exception of certified, active officers
  • Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

Build Week Schedule

Delivery Day: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 15 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 1:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 50 volunteers are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed (approximate time)

Prep Day 2: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 40 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 5:00 PM – All prep work completed

Prep Day 3: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 25 volunteers should be on “stand-by” in case they are needed

  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • TBD – All prep work completed

Build Day: Friday, September 20, 2019 | 200 volunteers are needed

  • 6:30 AM – Team Leaders arrive
  • 8:00 AM – Volunteers arrive and register
  • 8:30 AM – Kick-off ceremony
  • 2:30 PM – Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Sign up as a volunteer here: http://bit.ly/mlkplaygroundvolunteer

MLK Jr Park Playground Design Day with KaBoom!

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We’re building a playground! And we need YOUR HELP!

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the BlueCross BlueShield Blue Fund and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation are joining forces with KaBoom! to design and build a brand new, state of the art playground in MLK Jr. Park.

This project will kick off on DESIGN DAY, where a KaBOOM! Project Manager will lead a meeting for adults and an interactive session for kids. Mark your calendar!

DESIGN DAY DETAILS
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Buffalo Museum of Science – The Cummings Room
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

4:30pm | Children’s Design Session
Calling all playground experts! All kids present will have the chance to draw their dream playground. The drawings will be used as inspiration for the final playground design.

5:30pm | Adults’ Planning Meeting
Community support is essential to making this project a success. Attendees will learn more about working with KaBOOM! and have the opportunity to sign up to be on the planning committee for the playground Build Day. They will also use the children’s drawings to help pick out playground equipment and colors for the new custom playground.

TO SIGN UP
Please email Zach at zach@bfloparks.org or call 716-536-1123.

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BUILD DAY ON SEPT 20TH
On Friday, September 20th, 2019, volunteers from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Blue Fund and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, in partnership with KaBOOM!, will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. Stay tuned for details!

Splish Splash Summer Bash at MLK Jr. Park

Splish Splash Summer Bash 2019 at MLK Jr. Park

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Special thanks to presenting sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Kick off the summer holidays with splash pad fun and free activities at MLK Jr. Park! FREE and open to all — bring your friends and family!

Event Details
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad and Casino

Enjoy FREE Activities provided by:
Healthy Zone Cruiser
Kids yoga by Yoga Parkside
Kids fitness activities by JumpBunch of Buffalo
Photos and high-fives with Billy Buffalo and Buster Bison
Face Painting by Squiggly Art Face Painting
Balloon Art and Animals by Tim the Balloon Guy
Library on Wheels (Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Central Library)
Buffalo Museum of Science

FREE Healthy Snacks and Beverages provided by:
Ashker’s Buffalo
Upstate Farms

Click here to view Facebook event!

Click here to download Event flyer!

For any inquiries, please email Sarah@bfloparks.org or call 716-838-1249, ext. 18.