The spanking new playground was the result of a collaborate effort among the Norwalk Corporate Citizenship Alliance (NCCA) a committee of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, with support from community partner Northeast Community Church.
Funding and volunteers to build the playground were provided by major corporate partners Pepperidge Farm and Beiersdorf Inc., as well as GE Capital, AT&T, FactSet Research Systems, The Hour, Tauck, The Norwalk Children’s Foundation and Mutual Security Credit Union.
The project used the community build model, which empowers the local community to participate in the design and installation.
Norwalk parents and children gave input by drawing pictures of their dream playground, voting on specific components and colors, and voicing concerns about fencing, drainage and lighting.
Playground equipment provider O’Brien and Sons used the feedback in the design and the feedback also allowed the Recreation and Parks Department to make additional improvements to the park overall. Corporate and community volunteers worked together, with supervision from Landscape Structures, on the installation.