Disney’s First Kaboom! Playground Built In Northern California, Largest Ever, Comes To West Sacramento
More than 400 volunteers built Disney’s 62nd KaBOOM! playground nationwide in single day

Press Release

West Sacramento, Calif. – Today, more than 400 volunteers from the city of West Sacramento and Yolo County Children’s Alliance, along with Disney VoluntEARS and organizers from KaBOOM!, transformed Bryte Park into a vibrant, new playground for more than 2,000 West Sacramento kids and families – in just eight hours.

This is Disney’s 62nd KaBOOM! playground nationwide, and first in Northern California, now providing a space to play for more than 15,500 children in California, and by the end of 2015, Disney’s support will bring the magic of play to more than 83,000 kids and families across the country. The 9,745-square-foot playground, designed with inspiration from drawings by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who attend an after-school program at Club West Teen Center in Sacramento, is Disney’s largest to date and features a zip line, rock climbing wall and, of course, swings and slides.

“For nearly 60 years, Disney Parks have been committed to inspiring and empowering kids and families by providing places where they can spend time together and share experiences,” said Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier. “It is gratifying to build this KaBOOM! playground and give West Sacramento families a new space to be active and make memories.”

This commitment is an extension of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to encourage kids to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Thanks to the generous support from Disney, the new playground will be enjoyed by new families that have just moved to the city, as well as families that have been here for generations,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We will continue to develop West Sacramento into one of the most family friendly cities in the region.”

“We are so excited for this wonderful opportunity – folks in West Sacramento have been working for at least 10 years to get more opportunities for families at Bryte Park,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of Yolo County Children’s Alliance. “This is a wonderful collaboration for everyone in West Sacramento from the City of West Sacramento, KaBOOM!, Disney, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Washington Unified School District, local businesses, community groups, parents and children from the neighborhood – it’s truly taken a village to build this project! It’s a dream come true!”

The Disney KaBOOM! playground opens to the public Friday, June 5 to allow for cement surfacing to solidify and to receive the state’s approval of the new playground.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has restored and constructed 16,300 playgrounds across the country, serving 8.1 million kids.

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About the City of West Sacramento (@cityofwestsac)

The City of West Sacramento is a fast-growing community situated on the west side of the Sacramento River in Yolo County. West Sacramento is home to a diverse population and economy and is the leader in the Sacramento region’s urban farm movement. Major industries include agriculture, food manufacturing and distribution, government, and transportation. The United States Conference of Mayors named West Sacramento as the Most Livable City in America in 2014 in the category of cities with fewer than 100,000 residents. For more information visit cityofwestsacramento.org/

About Yolo County Children’s Alliance (@YCCAforthekids)

The Children’s Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization and an inter-agency collaborative that coordinates needed family support services, convenes child and family advocates to solve community problems, and gathers and disseminates local information about the needs and the wellbeing of Yolo County families. Our mission is to assess, coordinate and act to strengthen and support the continuum of prevention and intervention services and resources for children, youth and their families. The Yolo County Children’s Alliance has a track record of helping families, particularly limited English speaking families, to access services. For more information, please visit us at www.yolokids.org or contact Special Projects Manager, Julie Beckner at jbeckner@yolocounty.org.

About Disneyland Resort (@Disneyland)

Located on approximately 500 acres in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District, a collection of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the 969-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. With 28,000 cast members, the Disneyland Resort is Orange County’s largest employer and a $4.7 billion annual contributor to the local economy. The Resort has welcomed more than 700 million guests since opening on July 17, 1955. To learn more about our community efforts, visit publicaffairs.disneyland.com.

About The Walt Disney Company (@CitizenDisney)

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. Through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, Disney helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. For more information visit, thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship or twitter.com/CitizenDisney.

About KaBOOM! (@kaboom)

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. 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 and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.