Saint Paul Joins National Playspace Equity Campaign

Cub Scout Pack 13 is the first local contributor to this Saint Paul project.

At the Party for the Parks on June 21, young Jace Fellon from Cub Scout Pack 13 delivered a check for $5,000 from the pack’s annual fundraiser to help renovate the playspace at Dunning Recreation Center. This project launches a five-year partnership between the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and national nonprofit Kaboom! to invest $7.5 million in neighborhood playspaces that disproportionately lack resources. This collaborative joint fundraising effort with regional corporate, foundations and individual donors is part of Kaboom! ‘s national “25 in 5” program to achieve playspace equity in 25 priority cities across the county. Here, it will help achieve the City’s goal of making Saint Paul a city that works for all.

The partnership starts with a project at Dunning, and additional priority locations will be announced in the coming months. Neighborhood youth are invited to join the community planning process by creating drawings of their dream playgrounds at the upcoming Design Day in August. Their drawings will be used for inspiration for the new playground, with elements from those drawings to be incorporated into design options for the playground. The community will vote on the final playground design that will be built in October.

“Having our first playground project at Dunning Park, Mayor Melvin Carter’s childhood park and beloved place to play, underscores the important connection between childhood playspaces and which kids will eventually become,” said Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM.
“The fact that the first local gift for this new initiative came from Cub Scout Pack 13 signals how important playspace.”