“Imagination Playground” to open on Downtown Commons

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CLARKSVILLE: Montgomery County will host “Weeks of Play” for military families to unveil its new Imagination Playground™ on April 21 at the Downtown Commons, 21 Legion Street.. This celebration is one of several events happening across the country during The CarMax Foundation’s “Weeks of Play,” in partnership with KaBOOM!, to make play more accessible to kids of veterans and military families. Events are taking place during this time frame because April is the month of the military child.

Imagination Playground in a Cart™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination PlaygroundTM provides a changing array of elements that allow kids to create a play space that is constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

The Montgomery County Downtown Commons was selected as one of the grant sites for an Imagination Playground because of Montgomery County’s strong connection to Fort Campbell families. More than 9,500 military connected students attend local public schools and most military families choose to live in Montgomery County. The Imagination Playground will provide another fun opportunity for military children and their civilian peers with a creative play experience. Coming together to ensure the needs of kids are met demonstrates the pride and unity of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.

“We are grateful that KaBOOM! and the CarMax Foundation choose the Downtown Commons as one of the sites to gift with an Imagination Playground. We look forward to the kids in our community enjoying many hours of fun with this unique play equipment,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

This Imagination Playground™ is one of 10 signature play products that The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will grant during the Month of the Military Child in April. The partners are also working together to build a playground in Seattle, WA that will benefit kids of military families. As a part of its on-going commitment to KaBOOM!, The CarMax Foundation is building four playgrounds and providing 30 grants for Imagination Playground™ to organizations across the country, helping to reach 85,000 kids of military families over the next three years. The CarMax Foundation supports KaBOOM! in ensuring communities have great PLAYces for kids and families.

The unveiling ceremony will happen at 2 p.m. on April 21. Dependent children of military personnel will then have an open play session until 3 p.m.

 

For more information about Imagination Playground™, visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com/.

The CarMax Foundation enriches the communities where our associates live and work. Together with CarMax, Inc., the Foundation has donated more than $50 million since 2003. Funding programs are made available through a portion of CarMax, Inc.’s pre-tax profits. CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 14 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

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

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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