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Bellflower children help design new playground

BELLFLOWER — About 50 local youngsters, with their parents, offered design ideas for a dream playground April 28 at Kids Design Day at Simms Park, 16614 Clark Ave.

The youngsters were invited to draw their dream playground, which will ultimately become a reality with help from JetBlue and organizers from the national nonprofit KaBoom organization, a city spokesperson said.

Elements from the drawings will be incorporated into the design of the playground that will be built this summer, the spokesperson said.

Design Day was also the first meeting for the playground committee that will determine how best to create the new play space so more local children can have a balanced and active childhood, the spokesperson said.

“The city of Bellflower understands that kids in our community need to be active and need places that allow them to do what they do best — play their hearts out — and we are proud to welcome KaBoom and JetBlue to help us build this new playground for our community,” Mayor Scott Larsen said.

Teresa Crippen, representing KaBoom, was on hand to greet the youngsters along with a representative of Jet Blue Airlines.

KaBoom combines with sponsors and volunteer labor from the community to erect playgrounds nationwide. It has recently established playground in Pico Rivera and Whittier.