Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando Police Department Participated
in KaBOOM! Playground Build at Windsor Cove
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer worked-along with the Orlando Police Department (OPD)
and a team of more than 200 volunteers to build a new playground for the
children in the Windsor Cove Apartment community formerly known as The Palms.
Volunteers from KaBOOM!, The Home Depot, Hopes and Dreams Team, Windsor Cove
Tenant Association and Cambridge Management joined with the City to complete the
state-of-the-art 2,500 square foot playground in just one-day.
This playground is another step in “Operation Free Palms” to prevent crime and
improve living conditions at the complex. The Windsor Cove Apartment community
has undergone a dramatic transformation through a partnership with the City and
the Orlando Police Department over the past two years. The neighborhood has gone
from a source of violent crime, drugs and even a triple-killing in July 2008 to
a community committed to a safe neighborhood.
This new playground will provide more than 600 children in the Windsor Cove
community - who currently use a 15-year old rundown playground, only accessible
to children over five years of age - with a safe and new place to play. For the
past two years, the City of Orlando has been named one of the nation’s “Playful
City USA” communities by KaBOOM! in honor of its innovative efforts in making
play a priority for local children.
This project in the Windsor Cove community is made possible through a $65,000
grant from The Home Depot Foundation and a $7,500 donation from Hopes and Dreams
Team. The Home Depot will recycle all left over and unused materials remaining
after the completion of the playground build in the Windsor Cove Apartments and
donate any reusable supplies to other community organizations.