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Memories & Dreams

A Playground Comes to Tucson

The playground is a project of The Christina Taylor-Green Memorial Foundation, established by Roxanna Green to honor her daughter and reflect Christina's values. It was financed with a $140,000 gift from The Allstate Foundation, plus donations from other organizations. The Allstate Foundation has always worked through The Injury Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK). This is a physician-based, community-oriented program driven to prevent injury to children whether from playground equipment, sporting equipment, car seats, etc. Originally established as an Injury Prevention Program in 1981 by Barbara Barlow, M.D., then Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City, it became the model for the IFCK. Little Tikes Commercial has a longstanding partnership with the IFCK and The Allstate Foundation. IFCK is the organization that manages and oversees the charity projects. The Allstate Foundation primarily puts on the public events.

Little Tikes Commercial works with IFCK as a partner in play. In this instance, Little Tikes Commercial served as a contributor, providing discounts on components and managing the design. Altogether, they have built 38 playgrounds, including the new Christina Taylor-Green Little Hands Playground that was dedicated Saturday, Sept. 24.

"We've been community project partners with The Allstate Foundation for 15 years and The Injury Free Coalition for Kids for about 20 years," said Dean Swingle, Recreation Design Concepts representative in Tucson, who managed the project locally. "Our playground components are designed to allow children to explore their imaginations and play safely. This project helps everyone heal—the children, the Green family, the school and the Tucson community."

Little Tikes Commercial playgrounds are designed to ASTM Standards and Consumer Product Safety Commission Guidelines, and to meet ADA accessibility guidelines for public playgrounds. The surface below the playground is a soft, rubberized tile surface, which is designed to help cushion the impact from falls. The playground equipment is fun, safe and physically beneficial. The playground is open to the public after school hours and weekends.

Little Tikes Commercial: www.littletikescommercial.com
Recreation Design Concepts: www.recreationdesignconcepts.com
The Christina Taylor-Green Memorial Foundation: www.cfsoaz.org/cfsa/Donors/GreenMemorialFund/tabid/344/Default.aspx