JULY EVENT WITH WEDI!
For our July event, we had the privilege of teaming up with Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) Buffalo! Bethany and her crew were fantastic, and helped us find a great location at Our Lady of Hope Parish - everyone had a wonderful day!
We saw tire swings and basketball hoops, chairs and benches - including foot stool and canopy! - a teeter totter and even a foot powered go-cart! Lots of smiles and laughter all day (and this time, even a lost tooth!), signs of another successful Pop Up Park Event.
We want to thank our wonderful sponsors Univera Healthcare (website) & Greenleaf and Company (website) for helping us bring another great event to a deserving community. Your support is always greatly appreciated!!
A thank you also goes out to Kristen Rice for lending her amazing photography skills to capture all of the inspiring moments of the day. Pop Up Park event photos can be found here, and you can visit her website and Facebook page to see more of her work!
And of course a heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all of you who joined us to PLAY! We've got just ONE event of the 2017 season left - be sure to join us on August 26th in Lackawanna at the Public Library, 11am - 3 pm! Event info here.
One of our co-founders, Joy, recently had the opportunity to talk about Pop Up Park on the Talking Cities podcast "hosted by Matt Enstice, president & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a not-for-profit furthering economic growth, igniting urban revitalization, and building a strong, thriving community. Talking Cities is the place where we investigate cutting-edge innovations for cities in America and beyond, featuring people working to create vibrant, healthier, more sustainable communities."
You can here that podcast here:
After a short intro, you can hear the piece about Pop Up Park from the 1:43 mark to the 7:13 mark.
Next Event: Saturday, August 26th @ 11 am!
If you build it...
Over 5 years ago we asked ourselves some important questions:
What if a playground could 'Pop Up'?
What if kids could build their own playground, play on it, and take it down before the certified safety inspectors could catch up with them?
The possibilities were endless. And then we set a challenge:
Could we empower kids to play, to think and build creatively? Could we give them a pile a stuff to work with, and some tools with which to build?
Could we find them a site on which to work?
The answer to all of these questions is YES! Now here we are, more than 10 Pop Up Parks later and excited as ever to continue bringing you these wonderful events!