Albany Reinvigorates Community With New Playgrounds

U.S. Communities & KOMPAN help the City of Albany provide equitable neighborhood opportunites to the community.

After a 2015 study listed Albany, New York as one of the worst cities in the nation for providing equitable neighborhood opportunities for the healthy development of Hispanic and black children, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Commissioner of Recreation, Youth & Workforce, Jonathan Jones, partnered to make some changes. They built a 5-year capital plan, and have successfully redone 11 parks by the 3rd year of that plan.

A big part of the process included selecting the right partners for the project. Those partners were U.S. Communities, and KOMPAN. U.S. Communities is the leading national cooperative purchasing program, providing world-class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions and nonprofits. 

Because each playground offers a unique playground solution, members of the community visit different parks and takE advantage of the inclusive play spaces. Read the full story at American City & County.    




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