KaBOOM! Says Boo To Scary Playgrounds

This Halloween, take the scary out of a dilapidated playground.

We've all seen scary playgrounds--playgrounds that look more like creepy, falling-apart haunted houses than bright, welcoming safe treats.

To this end, KaBOOM! is sponsoring the Scary Playgrounds: Let's Find 'Em & Fix 'Em contest.

The contest runs through Oct. 25, with the winners announced on Halloween--Monday, Oct. 31.

All contestants have a chance to receive $15,000 to help improve their scary playground by applying for a KaBOOM! grant. In addition to the grant opportunities, one Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,000 VISA Gift Card for personal use. Second place wins a $1,000 VISA Gift Card. Third place gets a $500 VISA Gift Card, and seven runners-up will each be awarded $100 VISA Gift Cards.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 25th to be eligible.

“While we encourage people to have fun with this contest, fixing scary playgrounds is serious business," said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!

“There is a wealth of data on the power of play and the difference that unstructured play can make on the health and well-being of a child. Yet only one in five children live within walking distance of a park or playground. Not enough playspaces are being built and those that exist are often in disrepair.”

To nominate a scary playground, contestants can download the free Scary Playgrounds iPhone or Android app from www.kaboom.org/scary , submit their user name and password, then take a photo of the scary playground and add it to our Map of Play along with a brief description of what makes the playground scary.

The more scary playgrounds a person adds to our map, the more chances each contestant has to win!

With the help of parents, teachers, government officials and play advocates everywhere, KaBOOM! is creating a nationwide Map of Play to help parents find the best places to take their kids while also helping KaBOOM! identify those playspaces that need a little extra TLC, as well as play deserts where there are no playgrounds at all.

“Our goal is to make sure that every child in America has a great place to play,” says Hammond. “Once we map the playspaces--including the good, the bad and the scary--we can be more strategic as to where we target our resources.”