Volunteers Build New Kid-Designed Playground at Bladensburg Community Center, Funded by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and M-NCPPC

Kids in Prince George’s County, MD, will soon have a new playground as part of nationwide effort by KABOOM! to help provide access to safe places to play


Volunteers from The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation are building a new, kid-designed playground from September 28 – October 1 at Bladensburg Community Center. Construction will start on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, and be completed on Friday, October 1, 2021.


WHEN:           Friday, October 1

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Volunteers construct playground

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           Site reset for afternoon volunteers

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.             Volunteers complete playground construction

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Ribbon-cutting ceremony

(times approximate)


WHERE:         Bladensburg Community Center

4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg MD 20710


WHO:              Lysa Ratliff – CEO, KABOOM!

Elizabeth Hewlett – Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)

Members of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, ownership group of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics


This project will provide a customized, state-of-the-art new playground for hundreds of kids who attend the community center, as well as an opportunity to engage and bring together community members. Play is essential to the physical, social, and emotional health of every child.  The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for access to parks and playspaces. M-NCPPC remains committed to providing vibrant outdoor spaces for the Prince George’s County community.


In July, kids from the community were joined by Washington Capitals player Garnet Hathaway during Design Day, where the kids shared drawings of their dream playspaces with project organizers. Their ideas were integrated into the new playground design. Community members have been involved throughout the process, all the way from design to the upcoming installation. The community center provides activities for kids and adults of all ages.


The project is a part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation’s commitment to making the region a better place for all by supporting game-changing solutions for the community!



M-NCPPC Contact: Angel Waldron | 301-446-3311 | angel.waldron@pgparks.com

MSE Foundation Contact: Anu Rangappa | 202-276-9345 | arangappa@monumentalsports.com





About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning and Bladensburg Community Center

The Bladensburg Community Center is managed by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. The Department delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment. Learn more about the Department at www.pgparks.com and stay connected on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


About Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation

MSE Foundation is committed to making the region a better place for all by supporting game-changing solutions for our community. We fundraise, provide grants to nonprofits and rally Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s teams and fans to support and amplify the impact of community change agents. Together, we’re raising the game in the DMV. Learn more at https://www.monumentalfoundation.org/  and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.




KABOOM! is the national non-profit that works to achieve playspace equity. Kids who don’t have access to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social and emotional health. And all too often, it more deeply affects communities of color. So we amplify the power of communities to build inspiring playspaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. KABOOM! has teamed up with partners to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces, engage more than 1.5 million community members and bring joy to more than 11 million kids. To learn about our goal to end playspace inequity for good, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom.


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