Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded Bayview Foundation, Inc. a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a new playground for the Bayview community in the historic Triangle Neighborhood.
The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2016.
“This generous grant brings us very close to building a cutting edge playground for the amazing youth of this community,” said Andy Heidt, executive director of the Bayview Foundation. “We want to create a state of the art play space where our youth can spread their wings playing together in this wonderful neighborhood.”
Bayview is a majority immigrant community in the heart of the old Greenbush Neighborhood of Madison. The playground will continue the tradition of Bayview’s multicultural community living and playing together in harmony. The space will also honor Bayview’s traditions of bringing cultures together in the spirit of Call for Peace, a multicultural education and dance entity with deep roots in the community. This grant will be used to replace an aging playground that had to be removed due to its increasingly hazardous condition.
DPS launched Let’s Play in 2011 with a $15 million commitment to KaBOOM! to build or improve 2,000 playgrounds. In 2014, Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! extended their partnership through 2016 with an additional $10 million commitment from DPS to continue providing kids with the active play they need.
Bayview Foundation, Inc. provides 102 units of affordable housing surrounding a community center, the Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts, that provides high quality educational and recreational programs for our families. In the last 26 years, 88 out of 210 families that have left Bayview have purchased their own homes. Bayview opened in 1971.