Kompan Playgrounds helps City of Albany improve opportunity for health and wellness for all residents

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Brandeis University recognized the City of Albany, NY and KOMPAN for improving quality of life for underserved residents, identified through Child Opportunity Index.

With the release of the recent update to the Child Opportunity Index, the City of Albany has been recognized as one of the communities taking important action to provide equal opportunities to all children through the addition of these playgrounds.

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University released the Child Opportunity Index 2.0. With this new release they identified success stories of communities spurred to action by the release of the Child Opportunity Index 1.0 in 2015. The City of Albany is one of these.

The 2015 release found that Albany was the lowest ranked of 100 major cities in the US in terms of opportunity for healthy development of Hispanic and black children. Mayor Kathy Sheehan partnered with Jonathan Jones, Commissioner of Recreation, Youth & Workforce on how to fix this deficit. They decided to solve this by refurbishing parks and adding play and fitness equipment throughout the city.

“We’ve redone 13 parks and many have intergenerational features, like fitness equipment to help the whole family. Each new park has ADA compliant equipment, so all of our residents could play,” says Jones. “Albany is a neighborhood city, and the parks connect the neighborhoods.”

Albany partnered with KOMPAN to build unique playgrounds reflecting each set of surroundings and geography in the 13 playgrounds and fitness areas constructed so far.

“Not only is [each park] a place for our young people to meet friends, create networks, there are a lot of apparatus’ here that are going to challenge them not only physically but mentally,” added Jones.

With the release of the recent update to the Child Opportunity Index, the City of Albany has been recognized as one of the communities taking important action to provide equal opportunities to all children through the addition of these playgrounds.

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