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to Funding for First “Injury Free” Playground in
Lexington, Ky. (April 20, 2004) −
Several Lexington organizations gathered today for a ceremony to break ground
on a playground that organizers hope will help prevent injuries to children in
a neighborhood with one of the highest numbers of injuries in the city. The playground will be constructed in
A $60,000 University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital grant received from the Allstate Foundation and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids provided the last missing piece of money for the playground, long envisioned by a group including the Gainesway Empowerment Center, the United Way Success By 6® initiative, LexLinc, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation and Minnifield-Cutter-Ball Inc.
on the playground site begins this National Playground Safety Week and will be
completed during the summer. Over the past three years, the
Injury Free Coalition for Kids and the Allstate Foundation together have built 14 playgrounds in the
“Providing for the health and safety of our children lays a firm foundation for stronger, more vital neighborhoods,” said Ron Corbin, Field Vice President for Allstate’s Southern Region.
“They play in the streets, slide down the hill into the street, and all try to pile on to the one tire swing,” she said. “Just a few weeks ago, a child had to be treated at the hospital for injuries.”
UK Hospital trauma data analysis conducted by the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Lexington showed the Gainesway zip code to consistently rank in the top three for numbers of trauma cases involving children under age 18 in Fayette County from 1995-2001.
“We hope that this playground will
make a real difference for the community,” said Susan Pollack, M.D., the UK
Children’s Hospital pediatrician who directs the Injury Free Coalition for Kids
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government Division of Parks and Recreation will provide the land for the
playground, in addition to $40,000 generated from a communications tower lease
agreement. City engineers have obtained
an additional grant to renovate an existing pond at
Division of Parks and Recreation is grateful to all of those who have partnered
to make the park a reality," said Chuck Ellis, director,
A $30,000 donation was given by the United Way Success by 6 initiative, which is a national community-based movement of public and private partnerships that work together to deliver proven solutions in early childhood development that ensure all children ages 0 to 6 are healthy, nurtured and ready to succeed. The Success by 6 donation was matched by Minnifield-Cutter-Ball Inc.
Gainesway area has been a priority for both Minnifield-Cutter-Ball
Inc. and the Success by 6 initiative since it started
three years ago,” said Kathy Plomin, president and chief professional officer
Plans for the new unique and
colorful playground were designed jointly by John L. Carman and Associates, a
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church members are helping with several aspects of the playground and park.
Information about the Allstate Foundation:
The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by the Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer.
Minnifield-Cutter-Ball Inc. is a non-profit homebuilder responsible for
the development of The Arbors subdivision in
LexLinc is a collaboration of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, and local citizens. LexLinc works through partnerships on community-wide issues such as welfare reform, economic empowerment, family safety, and early childhood development.
United Way Success By 6®:
United Way Success By 6 is a national
community-based movement of public and private partnerships that work together
to deliver proven solutions in early childhood development that ensure all
children ages 0 to 6 are healthy, nurtured and ready to succeed. Locally,
Success By 6® is a collaborative effort between
Injury Free Coalition for Kids:
Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK) is a program to decrease injury among children
and youth through shared hospital/community efforts. Safer environments have
been created through such efforts as playgrounds, public gardens, and ball
teams. The IFCK is a National Program of
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is located in
UK Children’s Hospital provides care for children from throughout the Eastern half of the state, and provides primary care for local children and many children with special health care needs and their families.
Little Tikes, playground designer:
Recreational Products, based in
John L. Carman and Associates, Landscape Architecture, Land Planning and Site Engineering:
John L. Carman and Associates, Inc. was established in 1980 and has since served both the public and private sectors in award winning, comprehensive site design and engineering.