Seeing the devastation and understanding the need for more safe play spaces in New Orleans, the Allstate Foundation has committed $500,000 to build five additional Little Hands playgrounds in New Orleans during the next three years. New Orleans Neighborhood Associations representing neighborhoods, which have been restored following Hurricane Katrina, may compete for one of the five $75,000 grants. These grants are to be used to coordinate community-built playgrounds. Specifically, funds are to be used toward the cost of a customized Little Tikes commercial playground and related expenses including rubberized soft tile or Poured-in-Place safety surfacing from Sofsurface, Inc. An additional $10,000 will also be provided for maintenance and repairs needed over the next five years. This Request for Proposals is highly competitive. The playgrounds will be built between December 2008 and December 2010. Build dates will be assigned upon project selection. All builds will be held on weekends and require extensive participation from community residents.
A site selection committee will review proposals and select the neighborhoods in which playgrounds will be built. Tania Hahn of Hahn Enterprises, Inc. will provide 2-D and 3-D renderings of the playground and surfacing for selected projects.
The selection committee consists of representatives from: the Allstate Foundation, NORD, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the Drew Brees Foundation, Operation Kids, and a New Orleans Community Coordinator.
(New application uploaded on 11/5/2009.)
Estell Lenita Johnson
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