Detroit YMCA and KABOOM!

On September 21st I had the pleasure of photographing a playground build in the Detroit neighborhood of Brightmoor. The Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit teamed up with a non profit called Kaboom to build a playground in a church parking lot, that church now houses a school. The playground started at 8am as one hole in the ground, lots of concrete, mounds and mounds of mulch, and a bunch of pieces of playground.

It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and I’ve been a part of a lot of cool things. There were over 200 volunteers who came out to help build this playground in 6 hours. People were split into teams, each team had a specific job, some to build the swings, some to paint the walls, some to spread the mulch. I spent 6 hours walking around, taking photo’s and talking to people. Everyone there loved what they were a part of. No one had anything bad to say. It was 80 degree’s, partly cloudy, and breezy.

The kids from the school came out class by class to paint their own 1 foot x 1 foot square, that was then attached to a fence. Besides the playground being built there were people painting basketball courts, hopscotch, 4-square, and Twister. People were each given a 3 foot by 3 foot square on the back wall to paint as they wanted.

I set a separate camera on top of the roof of a van in the back corner of the parking lot. I had it set on a timer to take a photo every 15 seconds. And I made this 5 minute video of the entire day.  The words I have to describe the event can’t really put justice to the epic-ness that was being a part of this day.


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