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CBJ conduct annual playground build

Blue Jackets alumni and front office staff members build new playground at the Beatty Park Community Center

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

After hours of hard work from Blue Jackets alumni and front office staff members, as well as Columbus Recreation and Parks employees, Beatty Park now has a brand new playground!

"It's important to us that we are a good community partner," Interim Executive Director of CBJ Foundation Katie Matney said. "When the Mayor made his commitment to provide a playground within a half mile of every child in Central Ohio, we wanted to step up and play a big role in that."

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has committed $400,000 to build eight playgrounds over the course of four years. The Beatty Park playground is the 5th the team has built over the last three years. In addition to the financial contribution, CBJ front office staff members have collectively volunteered over 220 hours to build the Beatty Park playground.

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Notable CBJ participants included alumni Jody Shelley, Jared Boll and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre as well as team president Mike Priest.

Tweet from @ColsRecParks: The volunteers from the @BlueJacketsNHL the @CBJfoundation are working so hard to build a new playground at Beatty Park #CBJGivesBack #cbj Tweet from @CBJfoundation: Quite the father/son team! This is the fourth playground build that @JLGP34 and his son have helped build together. Built by the #CBJ family to help families in the community have fun together too! #CBJGivesBack

Tweet from @CBJfoundation: Playground build day! With the help of @BlueJacketsNHL staff this will be a complete #CBJ playground by the end of today!#CBJGivesBack

Tweet from @KarenDavisCBJ: More #CBJ playground pics with @shelleyhawk45 moving mulch, @_MeredithBush & @mlbrueggie3 fastening the climbing structure. #CBJGivesBack

"We understand the wonderful community we live in, and it only gets that way by doing things like this." Shelley said.


"The fan base understands that the Blue Jackets are more than just a hockey team," Grand-Pierre said.

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