July 28, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY – Children in Salt Lake City’s Westpointe neighborhood have a brand new place to play as a community-and-kid-designed playground was installed at Miami Park (1571 N Miami Rd) Thursday. The months-long collaboration between Salt Lake City, Pure Good Foundation, and KABOOM! culminated with more than 100 volunteers installing the new play space, which will offer Westpointe neighborhood children a high-quality, safe place to play that is close to where they live.
The new playground was a collaborative effort by community members, including kids, who presented creative ideas for their dream playground during a design day in May. The playground is inspired by those drawings and will provide hundreds of kids and their families with a place to get active, build social bonds, and gather as a community.
Pure Good Foundation has provided support for the new playground through its partnership with KABOOM!, furthering its commitment to ending playspace inequity.
“Just as important as math, language, science, and history are to children’s development is the ability to safely play outdoors,” said Beth Michel, Pure Good Foundation spokesperson. “There’s a freedom and opportunity to creatively use imagination on a playground that can’t be replicated in any other way or place for a child. Play, creativity, and innovation are key components to our company’s success so of course we look to inspire that externally as well. This is our fourth playground build with KABOOM! and we are so pleased to have brought it this year to Salt Lake City since one of our largest U.S.-based offices is in Lehi, UT. Inspiring more children to play outdoors, think outside of the box, and have a safe place to be themselves all while giving back to the community that so many of our employees call home- what a wonderful opportunity!”
“Playgrounds are an iconic part of childhood. They’re not only where kids collect some of their best memories, but also where crucial skills are developed that nurture their physical, mental, and emotional well-being,” said Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!. “KABOOM! is thrilled to work with our partners to bring to life the new playspace at Miami Park and ensure that kids in Salt Lake City have a place designed just for them, where they can play, learn, and unlock their greatest potential.”
To ensure that playgrounds are able to open safely in every community, KABOOM! has issued important playground guidance that all communities, playground owner/operators and caregivers can follow. The guidance can be viewed or downloaded at kaboom.org/reopen.
About Pure Good Foundation
Pure Good Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable foundation of Pure Storage, Inc. with the mission to empower our employees and nonprofit partners to build a better world. Since its founding in 2015, Pure Good has given over $5 million USD to global charities and helped to activate over 10,000 individuals within their local communities to thousands of various social causes. With a recent shift to focus on environmental and workforce development issues, Pure Good continues to utilize the innovation of Pure Storage’s product, employees, and profits to do good. Learn more about our work to #GoDoGood at purestorage.com/puregood or by following Pure Storage on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
KABOOM! is the national nonprofit committed to ending playspace inequity – the reality that quality places to play are not available to every child, especially in communities of color. Since 1996, KABOOM! has partnered with kids and communities to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces and ensure that nearly 12 million kids have equitable access to the crucial benefits and opportunities that playspaces offer. In 2022, KABOOM! launched the 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity, the $250 million plan to accelerate its mission in 25 high-priority locations over five years. Learn more at kaboom.org or join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.Tags: KABOOM!, Pure Good Foundation, Salt Lake City, Westpointe neighborhood