FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marriott and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play in Silver Spring
200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Park Montgomery
Volunteers from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Marriott International, and the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) will join KaBOOM! on Wednesday, May 23 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Park Montgomery. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Silver Spring.
“Play is essential to young people’s development — physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional,” said J. Michael Pitchford, president and CEO of CPDC. “This great project will provide the children at Park Montgomery much better access to a key factor for growing up healthy – a high-quality playground – and will boost our Community Impact Strategies (CIS), which provide our low- and moderate-income residents space and resources to create greater opportunities for their families.”
Through this project, CPDC will work with The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Marriott International and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the urgent needs of kids.
In March, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 100 kids in Silver Spring with a great, safe place to play.
This playground is part of a broader effort led by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Marriott International and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. It will be the 12th build by the partners. Through this partnership, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Marriott International and KaBOOM! are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick-off ceremony
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony
WHERE: Park Montgomery
8860 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20903
WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers
A premier provider of affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) develops vibrant communities through innovation and partnership, including its new combination with Enterprise Community Partners. Specializing in the acquisition, redevelopment and operation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, CPDC owns 30 communities with more than 4,500 apartment homes, and many of its properties offer resident engagement programs that collectively serve more than 9,000 residents. Learn more at www.CPDC.org.
About The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting exceptional nonprofit organizations that provide civic and human services, foster educational achievement, expand opportunities for youth and adults, develop the next generation of hospitality leaders and lead innovation in health and medicine.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids