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The Sky’s the Limit as Osceola County Kids Imagine Bright Futures with More Play

Published on: Sep 19, 2016

Kids Design the New Playground Coming to Robert Guevara Community Center in November

Tuesday, September 20, Time 4:00 p.m.
Photo/Interview Opportunities Available


Osceola County :
Mark Pino, 407-742-0105,

Community Vision:
Donna Sines, 407-933-0870,

The CarMax Foundation:
Jennifer Bartusiak, 804-747-0422 ext. 4429,

Morgan St. Maxens, 202-464-6183,


Children from Osceola County and Community Vision will put crayons to paper and draw their dream playground, which will ultimately become a reality with help from The CarMax Foundation (@CarMax) and organizers from national non-profit KaBOOM! (@kaboom). Elements from their drawings will be incorporated into the design of the playground that will be built on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at Robert Guevara Community Center. Design Day is also the first meeting for the playground committee that will determine how best to create and catalyze the new playspace so more Osceola kids can have the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.


Tuesday, September 20

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Children designing their dream playground
Volunteers participating in planning meeting



501 Florida Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34743


A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain expander, friend maker and muscle builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It enables children to learn, grow and simply enjoy being a kid.

Currently, many of the kids in Osceola County do not have a dedicated safe and accessible place to play. This playspace will bring Osceola County one step closer to becoming more playable, by making it easier for kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. A playful child has unlimited potential, and in building this playground together, more than 2,000 Osceola County kids will have the play-filled childhood they deserve.

The CarMax Foundation has provided the majority of the funding for the playground through its national partnership with KaBOOM!, supporting The Foundation’s commitment to furthering the cause of children’s healthy living. The project is among 33 playgrounds The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will build across the country by the end of 2018 – a $5 million investment. 

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids because KaBOOM! believes #playmatters for all kids.


Children drawing their dream playgrounds
Before shots of the site

About Osceola County

Osceola County is a fast-growing, dynamic and innovative community. While it honors the history and traditions passed down from its pioneer ranching families, it is focused on a vision to be the center of research and manufacturing innovation for “smart sensors” that will supercharge the regional economy as the leader in what will be a $154 billion industry by 2020. As part of the Orlando Metropolitan Area, Osceola County proudly hosts approximately 7 million annual overnight guests who enjoy easy access to Central Florida’s world-famous theme parks and the County’s unique sights and unmatched hospitality. For more info:

About Community Vision

Community Vision is a grassroots community planning and visioning organization located in Osceola County, Florida. Our mission is "to bring people and resources together to achieve the community's vision." Community Vision utilizes a collective impact model in addressing issues; functioning as the spine organization bringing the public, private and independent sectors together to develop innovative solutions to complex, systemic problems confronting our community.  Since 1995, Community Vision has played the very important role of convener in Osceola County on everything from health access for the uninsured, leadership development across socioeconomic and generational groups, homelessness and economic development.  For more information:

About The CarMax Foundation

The CarMax Foundation is designed to enrich the communities where our associates live and work and has donated more than $30 million since 2003. Funding programs are made available through a portion of CarMax, Inc.’s pre-tax profits. CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 160 superstores in 79 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at  For more information about The CarMax Foundation, visit

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit or join the conversation at or