At the end of October, I joined volunteers from UnitedHealthcare at the opening of an Imagination Playground at the Kirk Park Community Center in Syracuse. UnitedHealthcare built the new playground in partnership with Syracuse’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs and KaBOOM!. I’m grateful for the opportunity to provide Syracuse-area youth space to play and be active.
The Imagination playground was designed to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a collection of oversized blue foam parts that enable children to build and rebuild play structures with endless possibilities, the playground is the perfect staging ground for healthy and active learning. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.
Following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the UnitedHealthcare team also cleaned up the Kirk Park Community Center facilities. We value our relationships in the Syracuse community and will continue to help its residents live healthier lives.