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and donations from a number of partners, including PlayCore, which agreed to donate a specially
designed playground system, installed in September as part of a community build day. The
playground includes a number of different components, including a large school-age composite
play structure; an accessible, safety-engineered
Merry Go All whirl; and a preschool play area. The
system also features an adult fitness zone, which
was provided at a discount by PlayCore and paid
for by a grant secured by TPL. PlayCore has also
contributed to NRPA's previous two Parks Build
Community projects (www.nrpa.org/parksbuildcommunity) and provided a comparable donation
to the El Sereno project.
" [Parks Build Community] is an annual opportunity with NRPA, " says Tom Norquist, PlayCore's
senior vice president of product development,
design, and marketing. " We're committed to the
communities we work in and play in-we want to
participate and give something back. I think [the
El Sereno park] is going to be very well taken care
of. It's theirs. The community owns this park, the
community owns the design, the community
owns what we're doing there. "
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Other donors include philanthropist Aileen
Getty, the founder of GettLove, an L.A.-based
nonprofit focusing on the needs of the homeless; Grifols, a biomedical corporation adjacent
to the site, which donated funds for fencing; The
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, a California-based nonprofit that supports health and
fitness initiatives; Kaiser Permanente; the Union
Bank Foundation; and ValleyCrest Landscape
Companies. EPT DESIGN, a local landscape architecture firm, and Breen Engineering, a multidisciplinary engineering firm, have donated the
design for the park's layout and infrastructure,
and have waded through the city permit process
on behalf of the park.
Because of the park's innovative plans for its
children's play garden, that section of the site has
been selected as a national demonstration site for
the National Natural Play and Learning Project
by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Institute of North Carolina State
University. Showcasing national guidelines for
nature playscapes, the play garden will receive
national publicity in all mentions of the project
for the next two years.

TOP PHOTO: THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC L AND; INSET PHOTOS: PL AYCORE

Already, the park in El
Sereno is bringing
together diverse groups
within the community
who share the same
interest in developing a
safe place for their kids
to play. Center bottom,
Tom Norquist of
PlayCore teaches
excited kids how to use
the Merry Go All whirl.



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