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CAP, Tampa Bay Rays teaming Thursday for playground

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Published:   |   Updated: September 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

TARPON SPRINGS — City officials like to tout Tarpon Springs as a great community to live, work and play.

With the help of the Citizens Alliance for Progress, Tampa Bay Rays and KaBOOM!, the city will be providing its youngest residents a new place to take care of the play.

The trio of organizations is holding a “design day” 4–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, for children to actually help create a playground that will be built later this year.

The youth brainstorming session is at the Union Academy Family Center, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Children will spend the first hour of the event putting crayon to paper and drawing what they envision to be their dream playground.

Elements of the amateur blueprints will then be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground to be build at the Union Academy Family Center on Nov. 16.

Design day will also be the first meeting of the playground planning committee, which intends to work for the next nine weeks to plan and prepare for the playground’s construction.

KaBOOM! is a Washington, D.C.-based national nonprofit organization that fosters healthy, active living among children by providing places for play and exercise.

Joined by the Rays, this will be the fourth playground build on the Suncoast by KaBOOM! and the American League club.

It’s estimated that the finished playground will provide more than 300 Tarpon Springs children a safe place to play every week. Children who currently frequent the Union Academy Family Center do not have a play area to utilize.

Attending Thursday’s design day is free of charge.

Call the Citizens Alliance for Progress at (727) 934-5881 to find more information.

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