Monday, June 21, 2010


(Aaron Ogg, Grand Rapids Press) ALPINE TOWNSHIP -- A playground is coming to York Creek Apartments because of a partnership between Amway Corp. and a Washington D.C. non-profit that creates playspaces for low-income kids and others.

A KaBOOM! spokeswoman said Friday the playground is planned to be built in August at the nearly 5,000-tenant rental community northeast of Alpine Avenue and Four Mile Road NW. Neighborhood kids can offer ideas of what they want to see at a design session scheduled for July 1.

"Sometimes we get very imaginative stuff," said Alison Risso, of KaBOOM! Past suggestions have included roller coasters, NASCAR tracks and Jacuzzis, she added.

Those amenities likely are far-fetched, but ziplines, side-by-side slides and spring-loaded toy vehicles are among pieces of equipment installed elsewhere, she said.

"We ask them to build their dream playground," she said.

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