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A playground for LGBT families in Wilton Manors, Florida


The Pride Center at Equality Park will be building a playground to accommodate the growing need for a safe play area that provides social support, mentoring and educational and creative development for LGBT families in South Florida, we the equipment to play indoors and outdoors.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about one-fifth of same-sex couples (more than 9,000) in Broward County are raising children. This follows the growing trend of LGBT parents who are raising about two million children, nationwide.

Surveys of local LGBT parents at The Center over the past few years indicate that parenting presents unique challenges and that there are insufficient resources and services, locally. The Pride Center team encourages the community to embrace the challenge to advance more creative, social, educational and networking events and resources for families.

“With the national legislation of gay marriages and state adoptions by gay couples, we are evolving to fulfill our mission,” said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park. “As our stakeholders expand their families, we must be prepared to respond to this changing environment and the playground build is an ideal start.”

To make this vision a reality, The Pride Center has launched a $75,000 fundraising challenge and is seeking community volunteers to help construct the 2,500-square-foot interactive playground (roughly half of the size of an NBA basketball court) on Friday, October 16. When completed, it will be the first playground of its kind in the United States to be situated on a LGBT campus.

To coincide with the playground build on October 16, a goal of $30,000 has been set and earmarked for site preparation and build, they also included the services of playground maintenance sydney needed. Approximately 150 volunteers still are needed for Build Day. Forty volunteers are needed for Prep Days on October 14 and 15.

The remaining $45,000 goal will be applied toward additional project features including shade mitigation, fencing, landscaping, drinking fountain, maintenance and programming.

Organizations and individuals interested in volunteering and contributing funds, services and supplies should contact Kristofer Fegenbush, COO of The Pride Center at Equality Park, at (954) 463-9005 or email kfegenbush@pridecenterflorida.org.

About The Pride Center at Equality Park
For more than 22 years, The Pride Center has provided a welcoming, safe space – an inclusive home – that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBT communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida. The Pride Center’s programs and services meet the distinct socio-economic, health, spiritual, and safety needs of the LGBT community. It hosts more than 65 regular meeting groups each month and more than 35,000 adults and youth attend activities at the Center, each year. Outreach activities over the past year directly impacted 60,000 residents and visitors to South Florida.

via press release