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.
"We understand the wonderful community we live in, and it only gets that way by doing things like this." Shelley said.
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"The fan base understands that the Blue Jackets are more than just a hockey team," Grand-Pierre said.