Richmond Heights donates used playground equipment to international group

The city of Richmond Heights is renovating Highland Park, and donating the old playground equipment to a group that reuses it to establish playgrounds in “poverty-stricken communities,” according to the group’s website.

Highland Park in Richmond Heights is being renovated, and the used playground equipment is being donated. photo via Google Maps

8 thoughts on “Richmond Heights donates used playground equipment to international group

  1. Would you rather a good playground be sent to the landfill? If an organization has found a way to connect both someone to give them a used playground and someone who would like one it sounds like a good thing to me.

  2. It’s a great thing that it is to be to be donated to anyone who can use it, especially to communities with few resources

  3. Ah! Great! I guess there are no public-supported entities around the St Louis area that could use the equipment, so the city of RH will send it off to a Christian aid organization who will ship it overseas to some “deserving” poverty-stricken region! Aww, so sweet Richmond Heights citizenry!

    • The video states that the play structure will be refurbished and further that: “Since recycled play structures can only be used in international projects, we know the children enjoying our playground are somewhere in another country.”

      I suspect this is a result of local zoning ordinances and/or some federal safety regulations for children’s play equipment.

      The organization is called Kids Around the World, and the website is http://www.katw.net. I’m not sure it’s accurate to call it an “international group” — the international office is in Rockford, Illinois. But they do admit to being a “Christian organization.”

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