The Pillyr Foundation, in collaboration with Living Walls, Welcoming Atlanta and a host of other partners, delivered the Resplendent Playscape Project to the Colony South community in south Atlanta. It is our sixth project to date and the second one with fixed deliverables that will remain in place for years to come.
Colony South is one of the last mobile home parks within the city limits and is home to almost eighty, mostly immigrant families. Amongst the various challenges that this community faces, limited availability to safe gathering spaces with poor recreation opportunities led us to join our project partners in support of these families.
Over a period of two weekends in July of 2019, our partnership with the support of over 100 volunteers expanded the site’s existing gathering space and delivered a range of improvements that extend beyond recreation. Based on a shared cultural narrative, the featured enhancements for this project include a new free-play structure custom-designed by The Pillyr team and a Living Walls mural designed by artist Patricia Hernandez. Our partnership also delivered new bike racks, free-play concrete blocks, fiberglass seating, and a bus stop waiting area for the children that await their school bus.
This project was seven months in the making and our most ambitious to date. We thank Kaboom!, Target, and the City of Atlanta for funding this project. We are grateful to every volunteer that offered their time and every business that contributed in-kind donations to stretch the project’s funding. Their contributions saved the project close to $80,000 in expenses and helped us come under budget. Look out for our first annual report later this year to see how we did for 2019!
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