Broncos Charities unveil new Playground

The Denver Broncos Charities Fund continues their community outreach with it's ninth Fantasy Playground project.

Denver, Colo.—The ninth and largest  Denver Broncos Charities/Phil Community Fund Fantasy Playground build will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24-26 at McGlone Elementary in Montbello – 4500 Crown Blvd.

What started nine years ago as a vision of Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan, and Jay Cimino, CEO of Phil Long Dealerships has now become a reality in providing children in Montbello the largest playground in the DPS system. The McGlone playground is the ninth fantasy playground built since the project began in 1996, and is made possible through the Denver Broncos Charities Fund and the Phil Long Community Fund "FANTASY PLAYGROUND" program in partnership with Denver Public Schools, Lowe's, the Mayor's office of Education and Children/ Head Start, and Denver Parks and Recreation.

The playground is unique in that it is comprised of four play pits, each designed for different levels of child play beginning with the "Early Childhood Education Pit," followed by the "Primary Play Pit," "Intermediate Play Pit" – and finally the "Swings Pit". The latest state of the art playground equipment is being used in the build which will take four to five thousand volunteer hours to finish. It will be the largest playground in the DPS system.

"As each year progresses, our vision and dream of helping Colorado's youth by giving them better places to play continues to grow with the help and support of great community volunteers and dedicated partners." Mike Shanahan, Head Coach, Denver Broncos.

Jay Cimino, CEO of Phil Long Dealerships says, "The Phil Long Community Fund partnership with the Denver Broncos and Mike Shanahan has allowed us to build our 9th Fantasy Playground. Thousands of children and their families each day enjoy the benefits of our Fantasy Playgrounds in Denver and Colorado Springs. We are indeed proud of our partnerships with members of our community that result in children and families being together for the sole purpose of having fun."

Troy Garner, Special Projects Manager of Denver Public Schools says, "I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the innocence of childhood than to give children a new place to play. The fact that six different organizations are working in harmony to provide resources to this project sends a clear message to students that a group of committed citizens can have a positive impact on a community."

Dr. Maria Guajardo Lucero, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office for Education and Children issued the following statement. "The Mayor's Office for Education and Children through Denver's Great Kids Head Start is pleased to continue our partnership with Denver Public Schools through the installation of the early childhood playground at McGlone. A strong body of research links child health to improved school performance, and we know that motor skills acquired through play are an important part of healthy physical development, an essential part of a child's readiness for school."

"Lowe's grant to Denver Public Schools Learning Landscapes program represents Lowe's commitment to education," said Larry Stone, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "By supporting local schools like Denver Public Schools, we believe we are not only contributing to a cause that's important to our customers and employees, but we're also helping schools build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow's employees, homeowners and community leaders."

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