New Playground Part of Community Day Festivities at The Pride Center

Photo: JR Davis

Pride Center at Equality Park is ready to officially open its new playground at Saturday’s fifth annual community day.

“Because of the energy, passion, sweat, time and dedication of many, LGBT families and our allies now have a safe play space to connect, network, educate and learn,” said Pride Center Chief Operating Officer Kristofer Fegenbush.

The playground is the first of its kind in the nation, Pride Center officials say, in that it is constructed on a site designated to serve the needs of LGBT community. U.S. Census data from Broward County shows that in 2010, 28 percent of same-sex female households and nine percent of same-sex male households reported children in the house.

A fundraising goal of $75,000 was set to build the playground, a 2,500 square foot structure. KaBoom!, a nonprofit, helped secure funding for the project and volunteers with the low-cost airliner JetBlue Airways provided labor to assist in construction.

Hours for Saturday’s grand opening are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Festivities will include a children’s and pet’s costume contest, K9 demonstrations, “funky” designed police vehicles and fire trucks, an appearance by the bomb squad, hamburgers, hot dogs and cotton candy.

Community Day is sponsored by South Florida Family Pride.

For more information, visit or call 954-463-9005.

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