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Wilton Manors, Florida celebrates grand opening of the new playground at Equality Park

On October 16, more than 250 volunteers from JetBlue, The Pride Center, KaBOOM! and residents of Wilton Manors joined forces to help build the the first playspace in the nation to be located on a LGBTQ campus.

This endeavor provides more than 4,500 local kids and families with a safe and accessible place to socialize, grow and thrive together. The playground layout was based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in August.

Families of all ages and forms gathered at The Pride Center at Equality Park to celebrate the grand opening of the recently built playground. Festivities included costume contests for kids and pets, K-9 and bomb squad demonstrations, decorated law enforcement vehicles, and a barbeque.

For more than 22 years, The Pride Center has provided a welcoming, safe space – an inclusive home – that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ 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