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GOOD Maker Finalist: Swings Tampa Bay Puts a Whimsical Spin on Community Building

In Tampa Bay, Florida, there are more than 100 handmade swings scattered across the city and its surrounding communities thanks to Swings Tampa Bay.

All it takes is a rope swing—and a few curious passersby—to turn a patch of shade under a giant tree into a playground. In Tampa Bay, Florida, there are more than 100 handmade swings scattered across the city and its surrounding communities thanks to Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne of Swings Tampa Bay, an organization known locally for its experiments in urban recreation and “spontaneous community building.” If you’re lucky enough to spot one of their calling cards, don’t be too shy to stop and play. We think Swings Tampa Bay, a top-three finisher in the Brookside Foods Giving Back Challenge on GOOD Maker, is onto something.

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A recent piece from in Miller-McCune makes a case that a public school can do more than just educate its students: It also provides a possible venue, via school playgrounds and basketball courts, for nearby residents to stay active.

Now, we all know that not all public schools come with attached playgrounds, tracks, and basketball courts, swimming pools, etc.; but many do. I remember playing football and basketball at the elementary school near where I lived long after I was a student there. But, it never occurred to me until reading this piece that using the school's facilities wasn't encouraged—and it's possible that my friends and I may have been trespassing.

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