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Giving used Lakewood play equipment "a second life"

Donated Lakewood playground equipment gets new life in community in Uganda

Donations are still needed and greatly appreciated to help the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood in a team effort to refurbish, transport and install the old city playground equipment recently removed from Bolivar Park to a new home in an impoverished community of Matapalo, Costa Rica.

PHOTO: A used Lakewood playground previously installed at an orphanage in Uganda.

The total effort will cost about $20,000 in voluntary contributions. Fundraising will continue over the next few months with the installation hopefully taking place this summer.

The older play equipment was removed from Bolivar Park in 2016 when the city installed two new playgrounds at the park.

There’s no market in the U.S. for used playground equipment. Some parts can be recycled, others are just treated as trash and sent to a landfill. That's a shame when the playground equipment may be old but is still very useable.

Well, there’s a non-profit group called Kids Around The World that refurbishes old American playground equipment, and then transports and installs it in impoverished communities around the world. This gives kids in those poorer communities the chance to play and expand their imaginations on colorful and still, very useable play equipment…usually the first playground they’ve ever experienced.

The Rotary Club is taking the lead in Lakewood in this worthwhile endeavor to bring smiles, laughter and creative play to the kids of an economically disadvantaged community in another part of the world. The City of Lakewood has donated the used Bolivar play equipment to the cause and is providing other support.

Much of the effort will be carried out by volunteers, but the Rotary Club and Kids Around The World need to raise $20,000 to pay for the professional refurbishment, transportation and installation of the Bolivar play equipment.

Please consider any help you can provide. You can make a tax-deductible donation online at www.lakewoodcity.org/DonateRotary or mail a check made out to "Rotary Club of Lakewood" to:

Rotary Club of Lakewood
c/o Lakewood City Hall
5050 Clark Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712

Feel free to call Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2402 with any questions.