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Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Access to Play in San Antonio

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Kennedy Park

CONTACT: Michelle Martinez, 210-207-8475
Lindsey Duke, 804-317-8852
Tamara Grider, 202-464-6196


SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2019) - Volunteers from CarMax, the City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department and the Thompson Neighborhood Association will join KaBOOM! on Wednesday, April 3rd to transform Kennedy Park from an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in San Antonio. 


Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. The Thompson neighborhood, on the west side of San Antonio, is served by Kennedy Park, which currently does not have a playground for the many children and families living in the area to use. Through this project, the City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department and neighborhood residents will work with The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.


In February, kids from the Thompson neighborhood came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in San Antonio with a great, safe place to play over its lifetime.


The CarMax Foundation has provided the majority of the funding for the playground through its national partnership with KaBOOM!, supporting The Foundation’s commitment to furthering the cause of children’s healthy living. The project is among 68 new playspaces that The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will create across the country by the end of 2021 – a $4.4 million investment. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! is creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated. 


WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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
(Times approximate)


WHERE: Kennedy Park
3101 Roselawn
San Antonio TX, 78226


WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers
City Council District Office
Edgewood I.S.D. Representatives