Delta completes first KaBOOM! playground in Nashville

Delta Airlines said it joined 225 volunteers to build a KaBOOM! playground in Napier, a community in southeast Nashville, the company said.

The playground, the 11th built by Delta in partnership with KaBOOM! and the first in the Nashville area, creates a play space for more than 800 kids who live in the neighborhood, which is a few miles from the Nashville International Airport.

Project teams were created from Delta, KaBOOM!, the local community and host Harvest Hands to construct playground equipment, mix and pour concrete and shovel and spread mulch to transform a barren, undeveloped lot into a haven for safe play.

More than 150 Delta employees came from 20 cities, including five stations in Tennessee, and as far away as Toronto, Los Angeles and even Singapore. Delta presented Harvest Hands a surprise check for USD10,000 to support building a fence around the playground.

In 2016, Delta will build nine playgrounds with KaBOOM!. Its first was on April 30 in Los Angeles and the next build is June 11 in Detroit.

Delta operates flights from Nashville International Airport, and over the past year has upgauged service by almost 15 percent, now offering customers 30 peak day departures to nine destinations.