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    KaBOOM & Partners of Parks Build Second LB Playground, This Time At Orizaba Park in Fourth Council District

    by Nancy Foster

    (Feb. 26, 2007) -- My father and I watched dedicated people giving of their time and energy on Saturday Feb. 24 to build a playground at Orizaba Park (Orizaba Ave. & Spaulding St.) in Councilman Patrick O'Donnell's 4th District.

    This is the second LB playground built through the efforts of KaBoom and Partners of Parks.

    The first was in 14th St. Park in LB's 1st Council district.

    KaBOOM Orizaba Park Feb. 24/07
    Photo credit: Nancy Foster

    KaBOOM Orizaba Park Feb. 24/07
    Photo credit: Nancy Foster
    Jet Blue, Bank of America and many city employees were working hard.

    They built this new LB playground and made improvements to Orizaba Park.

    Of course, many from the Mayor's office were happy to be involved.

    Better Balance for Long Beach, which built the first playground at 14th Street Park, also took part in this festive event.

    KaBOOM Orizaba Park Feb. 24/07
    Photo credit: Nancy Foster

    Councilman Patrick O'Donnell was seen thanking everyone.

    The day wouldn't be complete without hamburgers and hot dogs which were provided by the Police Officers Association...and I had to get my Dad (front row, light jacket, white T-shirt) helping with the BBQ!
    KaBOOM Orizaba Park Feb. 24/07
    Photo credit: Nancy Foster

    It was a glorious day for our children!

    [P.S. from Shortly after posting the above text. the 4th district Council office emailed us pix, including this one with Councilman Patrick O'Donnell hard at work stirring some concrete.
    KaBOOM Orizaba Park Feb. 24/07
    Photo credit: 4th district Council office

    Legislative aide Brian Mineghino emails, "This event couldn't have been as successful without the support of our very own City Employees who showed up to help make a difference in the community."

    KaBOOM, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, is a national nonprofit group that has constructed nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America.

    Partners of Parks is a non-profit, public benefit corporation supporting LB parks, recreation and marine programs and facilities.

    Better Balance for LB is a citywide group of individuals and business owners which has won national honors from Neighborhood USA for its work in revitalizing 14th St. Park and improving the lives of families in the area.

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