Playground Equipment Donated to Communities in Need

Village Donates Playground Equipment to Communities in Need
Posted on 01/08/2019
Playground equipment that was decommissioned last year has found new life more than 7,500 miles away on a playground in Pakistan. The equipment once resided at Veterans Park and was replaced when the park was renovated and updated in 2018.

In late November 2018, a team of volunteers gathered on a school playground in Karachi, Pakistan and reassembled the equipment for immediate use.

“As a father I recognize the importance of play in the development of children’s physical and emotional well-being,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “We are thrilled to be a part of making the playground equipment available to children in need.”

The Kids Around the World organization partners with other organizations to establish playgrounds in poverty-stricken communities worldwide.

Parks and Grounds Department Director Gary Couch was happy to partner with the Kids Around the World organization and help facilitate the donation saying “We could not think of a better way to make use of our still usable playground equipment than to give it a home where it is new once again.”

Since 2012, the village has partnered with the organization annually as it replaces and updates area playgrounds. Equipment from Hertz, Sunny Pine and Eagle Ridge I parks were removed and donated to community playgrounds around the world.

Couch added, “Not only are we providing for others, we are also saving taxpayer dollars by doing so.”

In addition to making good use of old equipment, the partnership with Kids Around the World cuts down on costs overall as the organization disassembles and removes the playground structures from the park which would otherwise cost the village thousands of dollars to remove itself.

“It really is a win-win situation for all involved,” said Calandriello. “We hope to continue this partnership that helps us repurpose old playground items while bringing the joy of play to those in need.”

For more information about the project, contact the Village or Orland Park Parks and Grounds Department at (708) 403-6219 or visit the Kids Around the World website at www.katw.net.