Future playground and learning garden in the works for Phil Campbell

Future playground (source: KaBOOM! and Disney)
Future playground (source: KaBOOM! and Disney)

More than 200 volunteers from Phil Campbell Elementary School will join organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community on Saturday to build a new playground and learning garden at the school.

The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in October. The ribbon ceremony took place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phil Campbell Elementary School.

Last April, the largest tornado in Alabama history struck Phil Campbell and killed 26 people, including two students and a teacher at Phil Campbell Elementary School. Along with homes and businesses, the town's only playground was destroyed by winds reaching over 210 miler-per-hour.

Disney and KaBOOM! are committed to providing the over 450 children in the community with a great place to play. The new playground will also include a vegetable garden so children can learn first-hand about growing and eating nutritious food.

Disney contributed more than $1 million in 2011 to help KaBOOM! build playgrounds and learning gardens in 14 communities across the U.S. These play spaces are part of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, a multimedia initiative designed to partner with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy families and inspire kids to make lifestyle choices that are good for you and fun too!

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. For 15 years, KaBOOM! has been building playgrounds and advocating for play in order to ensure there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

In addition to the community-built playground and learning garden, the new play area will include Imagination Playground in a Cart™ – a breakthrough play space concept designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. Via manipulable loose parts, Imagination Playground in a Cart™ allows children to constantly change their environment and design their own course of play.