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Traveling Playgrounds: From Illinois to Serbia

Aug 2015

Since any of us can remember, play has been an important part of American culture. Whether it be a pickup game of baseball or romping around a playground, certainly most of us have fond childhood memories of staying active as a kid.

What if we weren’t able to play? What if our park organizations and school districts didn’t have the capacity to supply us with the proper infrastructure? This is the case in many countries around the world, whose communities are burdened with economic struggles, unruly leaders and war. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and in this case, comes in the form of an organization: kids around the world (KATW). KATW is an organization whose sole purpose is to bring happiness to children around the globe, who are not lucky enough to have the proper playground equipment easily accessible to them.

Joseph Brusseau, of Brusseau Design Group (BDG) has teamed up with KATW, to help donate playground equipment to allow children around the globe the same happiness we remember. The equipment shown in this article was salvaged from Eaglebrook Park in Geneva, IL. It was refurbished and re-built in Serbia, courtesy of KATW.

Brusseau Design Group completed the re-design and renovation for the equipment and playground. Joseph mentioned his passion for this cause:

“We work with KATW so that equipment can be salvaged and re-used elsewhere in the world. We are trying to do this on all playground renovations. KATW will take most equipment with the exception of wood and structures beyond their useful life.”

If your organization or someone you know is interested in helping out with this cause, please do not hesitate to visit KATW’s website, or contact us directly.