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Bell Street Playground
The City of East Palo Alto, YMCA of Silicon Valley, , and KaBOOM! are building a new playground at Bell Street Park! Kids, families, friends, and neighbors are all invited to participate in this exciting community building project.

THANK YOU for voting for your favorite playground design! Hundreds of votes were cast by community members for one of three great design options for the new playground. The winning design is Option B which received 224 votes. 

Option B
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Residents said they loved the “active” nature of the design with its multiple climbing features and swings. And, community members offered a number of great suggestions, including adding more color to the design, exploring options to improve visibility within the playground, and addressing the overall safety of the area. Those suggestions have been given to staff as they work to complete the final design.

With your help, the new playground at Bell Street Park is taking shape!

Volunteers: There is a lot of advance work to do, so please call 650-853-3153 or email to be part of the project and help get the playground built! Committee assignments are available: Food, Recruitment & Registration, Construction, Logistics, Youth, Public Relations, Community Engagement, or Safety. 

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Businesses: Here is a great opportunity for your business to participate in this wonderful community-building event! Call (650) 853-3153, or email to find out what your business can do to help make the Prep Day and Build Day fun and productive for our volunteers by providing food, plates, utensils, napkins, water, coffee, and other refreshments. Your business can take a bigger role by helping to fund or provide for tools to help build the playground, or for some necessary additions to the site such as fencing, shade structure, paint and supplies for a mural, or future maintenance of the playground.

Here are the key dates for designing, preparing, and building the new playground:

  • DESIGN DAY on Wednesday, June 18 was a great success! Thanks to all for attending!
    1. Site Visit to Bell Street Park: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    2. Kids’ Workshop: 4:30 – 5: 30 pm
    3. Adults Workshop: 5:30 – 8 pm

  • PREP DAYS: Monday, August 18, 2014 & Tuesday, August 19, 2014
8 am - 4 pm
8 am – 3 pm

4News Release on the East Palo Alto / KaBOOM! playground building project
4Volunteer by calling (650) 853-3153 or emailing  

The Bell Street Playground project is in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most ( 

KaBOOM! notes that children are playing less than any previous generation and this lack of play is causing them profound physical, intellectual, social and emotional harm. Not enough playspaces are being built; those that exist are often in disrepair. Recess is being eliminated from our nation’s schools. Kids are overscheduled, and in their free time, many choose to stay indoors, lulled by television, computers and video games. KaBOOM! is partnering with corporate sponsors and foundations who are joining in the cause for play to build brand new playgrounds in partnership with high need communities across North America. Through KaBOOM!’s Community Partner program, they work to match corporate Funding Partners with child-serving non-profit and municipal organizations like East Palo Alto, who are interested in participating in a community-built playground project.

The generous Funding Partner involved is (, located in Mountain View, and East Palo Alto is grateful for their sponsorship of this community playground. operates a leading digital promotion platform that connects great brands and retailers with consumers, offering digital printable coupons, digital paperless coupons, coupon codes, card linked offers, and other promotions. The volunteers from are proud and happy to participate with East Palo Alto in this community project.

The City is also grateful to the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto YMCA for its support of the community. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Its mission is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. Visit the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto YMCA online at