Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the Greater Carbondale YMCA a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground at the proposed YMCA Community Park in early 2019.

The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative by KDP to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, KDP and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring PLAYces for Upper Valley kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.

“We are so excited to partner with KaBOOM and KDP for this project,” said Heather Murphy, Development Director. “The opportunity to get the community involved and make something great for our children will be amazing. This grant is being matched by funding from the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust and we are so grateful. ”

The YMCA Community Park will be located across from the YMCA, adjacent to the new John Street walking trail. Plans for the park include a playground, walking loop, meditation garden, pavilion, splash pad, and amenities such as grills and benches. The park will be open to the community so that all will benefit from it. While the land has been cleared for passive recreation now, construction plans are scheduled for Spring 2019. Those wishing to contribute to the Community Park Project can designate that project on their donation to the Greater Carbondale YMCA.

KDP has committed $38.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019, impacting youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, KDP partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, KDP is doing its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.

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