City of Mesa News Article
Mesa rebuilds Porter Park with $20,000 grant from Let's Play and KaBOOM!
By: Lily King-Cisneros
04/17/14 12:19 PM

April 17, 2014
Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119  

Mesa, AZ – Mesa residents, volunteers and community leaders will be rebuilding Porter Park in Mesa on Sat., April 26 at 7 a.m.

Porter Park located at 420 E. 8th St. will have new benches, a water fountain and new play equipment.  

Funding for the park was made possible through a $20,000 grant provided by, Let’s Play, City Construction through Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and KaBOOM!  An additional $8,000 was raised through Mesa Leadership, a non-profit civic organization.  

This is the third park build for Mesa with KaBOOM!  In 2009, Mesa was awarded $230,680 to build two playgrounds, one at Park of the Canals and one at Beverly Park.  

"KaBOOM! and Mesa have an important partnership to improve parks with generous grants and motivated volunteers,” District 1 Councilmember David Richins said.  “I am excited to see improvements at Porter Park to serve another of Mesa's great neighborhoods. I know neighbors and local
businesses will roll up their sleeves and work side by side, like we did on build day for the Park of the Canals, to remake Porter Park as a great place to play!”

Mesa was recognized as a 2013 Playful City USA through KaBOOM! and was selected to receive a Let’s Play City Construction Grant along with 217 cities in the U.S. 

Playful City USA is a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children. KaBOOM! created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the play deficit among children and it is through mayors, city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders that the program succeeds in benefitting children.

For more information about the build visit:  If you would like to volunteer, please show up on build day and wear comfortable clothing with closed toe shoes.




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