County Executive Chris Abele
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Green Bay Packers Partner with Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce a new partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks, United Way, the Green Bay Packers, and the NFL.

By - Oct 22nd, 2012 10:58 am

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce a new partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks, United Way, the Green Bay Packers, and the NFL.

The Packers and NFL are giving a generous donation for a new playground at Smith Park. Green Bay Packers players and outreach staff along with Milwaukee County Parks staff, United Way staff, and schoolchildren will participate in the playground installation as part of the NFL/United Way “Hometown Huddle” day of service, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Packers players scheduled to attend are Brandon Bostick, BJ Coleman, Andrew Datko, and Greg Van Roten. Players will be available for interviews during the playground installation.

Smith Park, 5462 N 33 St., was selected by representatives of the Packers, United Way, MN/WI Playgrounds, and the Milwaukee County Parks Department to take advantage of the collaborative project which will provide an innovative playground, including 5 major components and swings.

“This is the first year the Packers have chosen a park outside of the Green Bay area for this program,” Abele said. “We are very thankful for the team’s support and hope that we can continue this partnership in the future.”

“Smith Park is an ideal spot for this partnership. The new play structure will replace the outdated play equipment, while the playground hardscape can be reused.” Guy Smith, Milwaukee County Parks Chief of Operations said, “This project is a great way to bring the community together and encourage our local youth to be active. “

Milwaukee County Parks staff have already removed the existing play unit and are salvaging any materials that may be reused in the park system. Materials that cannot be reused will be recycled.

This is the first year that the Packers will focus the NFL/United Way “Hometown Huddle” in Milwaukee County. The Hometown Huddle allows teams to showcase their collective support for NFL PLAY 60 through playground and indoor fitness zone builds and hosting health and wellness activities for youth in local communities. NFL PLAY 60 encourages children to be active for 60 minutes every day to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

For more information on Milwaukee County Playground locations please go to countyparks.com and search “Tot Lots” or http://county.milwaukee.gov/ParksandPublicInfras7720/TotLots.htm.

What: Milwaukee County Parks Playground Installation
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 10 a.m.
Where: Smith Park, 5462 N 33 St., Milwaukee, WI 53209

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