City of Oak Ridge Receives “Let’s Play Maintenance Grants” for Cedar Hill Playground

The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department recently won two “Let’s Play Maintenance Grants” totaling $1,250 from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! after successfully renovating the Cedar Hill Park Playground.

The first grant in the amount of $750 was awarded to qualifying organizations which, after working to spruce up a play space, agree to maintain the space. The second grant for $500 required City Staff to report on the progress of the project by completing surveys about the playground construction and completion.

Grantees are rated on a community’s application and ability to maintain and improve play spaces through demonstrated motivation and high potential for success. The Let’s Play Maintenance Grants are made possible by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group as part of its national “Let’s Play” initiative to get children and families active. Together, “Let's Play,” Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and KaBOOM! will build or enhance 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013.

Funding received by the City will be used to help with the cost of rubber surfacing materials to improve American with Disabilities Act access to areas of Cedar Hill Park.

“Our department is very excited to have been awarded this grant from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBoom!,” stated Josh Collins, Recreation and Parks Director. “Not only will the grant help the City improve the accessibility of Cedar Hill Park, but it also shows our long-term commitment to having an extraordinary play space for the entire community.”

For more information about the programs and services provided by the Recreation and Parks Department, please visit their website at www.orrecparks.org or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ORparks.

News media contact: Diana Stanley (865) 425-3546 or dstanley@oakridgetn.gov.