YMCA Builds Playground

ONE DAY PLAYGROUND: Home Depot and KaBoom, a non-profit organization specializing in linking communities and corporations to build much-needed, safe and accessible playgrounds, joined the Thornton Family YMCA to build a 2,500-square-foot state-of-the-art playground. The new playground was built through a grant from KaBOOM and funded by Home Depot and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. More than 100 volunteers from Team Depot, the Home Depot’s associate volunteer program from stores citywide, joined parents, children, and community volunteers to erect the playground in one day. The playground’s design was based on ideas submitted by children. The Thornton Family YMCA, located at 5002 S. Fulton St. serves more than 2,200 families and is located in an area surrounded by apartment complexes. It is the first structured, outdoor play area being built through Kaboom in the area and serves to bring the community together. From left are Stacey Bruce, Thornton YWCA director; Gail Rex, downtown Home Depot Manager; and Hope Deifell, KaBoom project Manager. The Thornton Family YMCA also offers fitness programs for all ages from children through seniors. Group exercises, personal training, and nutrition programs are offered. Of the six area YMCAs, it is one of three that has an indoor pool and offers swimming year round. Other activities include youth team sports, handball, racquetball, and basketball. For more information on YMCA programs offered, go to www.ymca.org.

MATT GROSS for GTR Newspapers

Updated 12-18-2004

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