Nonprofit builds $100K playground


Volunteers help build the playground at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club in southeast Grand Rapids. Photo via

A $100,000 playground is the latest addition to a Grand Rapids neighborhood.

The Seidman Boys & Girls Club in Grand Rapids built a playground this month at the club, at 139 Crofton St. SE.

The playground is based on drawings by the club’s members. It features two slides, a rock wall, swings, a climbing globe and other pieces.

The playground was built by about 250 volunteers from Good Neighbor Pharmacy, a national network of local pharmacies, and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating playspaces for children.

The playground is expected to offer thousands of Grand Rapids children a safe place to play, said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO, KaBOOM!

“A community’s well-being begins with a child’s well-being,” Hammond said. “We hope to instill the importance of active play for kids and families in the community for generations to come.”

Obesity and diabetes are “huge health issues right now, and this is a perfect way for children to get out and exercise to hopefully combat these diseases in the future,” said Scott Robinson, vice president, Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

“It’s also a great way for our pharmacists to give back to the community in which they live and work every day,” Robinson said.

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