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Yokohama Helps Build California Playground


Yokohama Tire teamed with local partners and volunteers to build a new KaBOOM! playground at Oak View Park in Huntington Beach, California on Feb. 27.

More than 2,500 local kids will benefit as approximately 250 volunteers from Yokohama, the City of Huntington Beach, Children’s Bureau and KaBOOM!, worked together to build the brand-new, eco-friendly playground in one day.

“A dream became a reality for thousands of happy kids,” said Alan Holtschneider, director of marketing at Yokohama. “For years to come, the new playground will be a fun, safe play area for children and their parents.”

Highlights of the playground build included the installation of new, brightly colored, environmentally safe Cradle-to-Cradle-certified playground equipment. Yokohama and KaBOOM! met with local parents and their children in January for Design Day to help create the playground’s look and to pick out color schemes and equipment.   

“It was fun to see what the kids came up with,’” Holtschneider said. “Several of their ideas and equipment choices made it into the final design.” 

This was the fourth playground collaboration with Yokohama and KaBOOM!—the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. The first three were built in San Juan Capistrano, California; Rockland, Massachusetts; and West Point, Mississippi. 

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