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KaBoom! Volunteers Build New Playground At Feeney Park In New Rochelle

Volunteers in New Rochelle building a playground at Feeney Park. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Volunteers in New Rochelle building a playground at Feeney Park. Photo Credit: Contributed
Volunteers in New Rochelle building a playground at Feeney Park. Photo Credit: Contributed
KaBOOM! building team captains in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Hundreds of local volunteers joined members of the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club this week to build a new playground at Feeney Park, just in time for summer break.

On Friday, volunteers from KaBOOM! ! - a nonprofit organization “dedicated to encouraging active play through grace play spaces” - teamed with members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Club to build a brand-new, state-of-the-art playgroung.

The new playground at Feeney Park was erected after city officials accepted a "Build it with KaBOOM!" Playground grant, which funded the construction of a custom-made and designed play space.

“Feeney Park is one of New Rochelle’s most historic and popular neighborhood parks,” Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman said. “Thanks to our new community partnership with KaBOOM! and their partners, we are thrilled to be able to bring our master plan goal of a new playground to reality.”

Last month, Zimmerman and Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Lutonya Russel-Humes met with playground designers and local children at the Boys and Girl’s Club Mascaro Unit. This week, parks staff began preparing the site at Feeney Park by removing old equipment in advance of the build.

"The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle is excited to partner with The City of New Rochelle to build a new playground for the community and our members,” Russel-Humes added. “Encouraging a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and play is a core component of what we do at BGCNR. Ensuring that children have safe places to play makes it easier to instill that.”

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