This Fall, with the help of AT&T and KaBoom!, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Park South branch was awarded a playground build. This was not just any build. The South Dallas branch, located in an under-resourced area of the metroplex, received WAY more than expected. With more than 800 volunteers from all 50 states, the “nation” was on hand to build two safe and fun playgrounds, mobile learning objects such as drawing easels and stools, a large garden for composting and growing fruits and vegetables, and indoor library spaces for reading. To complete the project, a team of talented volunteers painted a beautiful, multicolor world map along the building’s driveway.
This daylong build was not only a monumental enhancement for the Park South YMCA and surrounding South Dallas community, but also was a beautiful coming together of Americans to show their love and support for children. The newly renovated spaces will allow our future leaders to build character and learn valuable life lessons through safe, healthy play and fellowship. And the Park South YMCA neighbors agree. The investment will build up both the children and the South Dallas community. As Dave Flannigan, director of operations for program management with KaBOOM!, so perfectly states, “A playground builds a catalyst for change in the rest of the community. When people come together to build a playground, it’s a tangible, collective accomplishment. Then they wonder, ‘What else can we do?'”
The playground build at the Park South Y is part of AT&T’s overall commitment to bringing unity and opportunity to the Dallas community through service. The event came at the end of AT&T’s annual Employee Resource Group (ERG) conference, bringing together thousands of employees from across the country to promote diversity, inclusion and service to others. The playground is the first built together by AT&T and KaBOOM! providing more than 1,400 kids in the Park South Y community with the opportunity to learn, play and connect on a state-of-the-art playground.