JetBlue Airways, YMCA of Greater Long Beach and Others Join Forces To Build a New Playground

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In 2009, Kaboom helped volunteers build this playground in The Village at Cabrillo. This week, they will team up to build a new playground at the Fairfield Family YMCA.

More than 200 volunteers from JetBlue Airways and YMCA of Greater Long Beach, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces on Thursday, February 16, 2012 to build a new playground at the Fairfield Family YMCA. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in January.

Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

The new playground will provide more than 450 children in the Long Beach community with a safe place to play every day. Currently, the children the Fairfield Family YMCA does not have a playground for children over the age of five to enjoy.

Join Long Beach District 8 City Councilmember Rae Gabelich and hundreds of volunteers from the community on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Fairfield Family YMCA 4949 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805.

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment
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 and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
(Note: all times approximate)

The playground is the 12th built by KaBOOM! and JetBlue Airways and is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2012 in an effort to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. JetBlue Airways is also a KaBOOM! National Partner, a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.

About YMCA of Greater Long Beach

For more than 127 years the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has provided a safe environment for families to get the support they need to improve their quality of life. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach has six community branch program centers, ten preschools, thirty five after school sites, a gymnastics center, and a 235 acre camp (YMCA Camp Oakes) near Big Bear. We continue to be the best nonprofit organization at youth development, healthy living, and encouraging all members of our community to be socially responsible by shaping positive values, strengthening character, becoming effective leaders, and learning to function in a global society. No other organization does this day in and day out and we are very proud of our legacy and the families we serve. The mission of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is: To welcome all people in a united effort to put Judeo-Christian values into practice through programs that develop healthy spirit, mind and body.

About JetBlue Corporate Social Responsibility
JetBlue is committed to the cities it serves through support and alignment with not-for-profit organizations that focus on children, education, communities and the environment. Through a variety of programs and activities, JetBlue crewmembers are encouraged to help make an impact and inspire greatness in others while enriching the lives of individuals and communities across the airline’s network. Through JetBlue’s Community Connection Volunteer Program and other Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, JetBlue partners with a variety of philanthropic and community-focused organizations, including KaBOOM!,, The American Cancer Society and their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks; First Book, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books; and PBS KIDS, where JetBlue partnered to create Soar with Reading – Let Your Imagination Take Flight, a literacy campaign to help raise readers. In addition, JetBlue has created a platform called Jetting to Green which encourages environmentally-friendly practices through education and volunteerism.

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline™, is known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) and super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit for details. JetBlue serves 70 cities with 650 daily flights, and plans to serve Dallas/Fort Worth in May 2012. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 1-801-365-2583, or visit

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit

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