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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - Contact: 225-273-6439

BREC Awarded $15,000 Grant to Build a Playground in a Day

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded BREC a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground in just one day at Hartley-Vey Gardere Park.

 The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016.

 “In 2012, BREC teamed up with KaBOOM!! to build a playground in just one day at Flannery Road Park,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “It brought the community closer together and has given them a greater sense of ownership of their neighborhood park. We can’t wait to see the same thing happen in the Gardere area”.

 Hartley-Vey Gardere Park is an active park teeming with athletic events, a community garden and activities planned by the Gardere Initiative for children and teens in the area. The park doesn’t currently have a playground and one is sorely needed to give children in the area an outlet for unstructured active play as well as providing an area for adults to gather while they supervise their children. The Gardere Initiative is organizing a large volunteer effort to build the playground along with BREC staff. Build Day is scheduled for June 6. It will begin at 8 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting tentatively scheduled for Noon. Children in the area made personalized tiles to help decorate a seating area at the park and they will have their own ribbon-cutting ceremony, separate from the adults.

 Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the joyful childhood filled with play they need to thrive. Through the first three years, they built 41 playgrounds, with more than 2,300 DPS employees contributing nearly 19,000 volunteer hours in the construction, and provided grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for the improvement of another 2,004 playgrounds by the end of 2013.

 Visit Let’s Play at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.


About BREC

BREC is the nationally accredited and award-winning park and recreation system for East Baton Rouge Parish. It has 6,524 acres of land comprised of more than 180 parks and green spaces. It is BREC’s mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community by providing exceptional parks, open spaces, and recreation experiences for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. Since Let’s Play launched in 2011, DPS has worked with nonprofit KaBOOM! to build or improve more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America and in 2014 partnered with Good Sports to provide sports gear for deserving athletic organizations in communities coast to coast. For more information, visit or

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit For our latest news and updates, follow us at or

About KaBOOM!


KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. 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 lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or

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