Local Volunteers Work to Bring Playground for Disabled Children to City Neighborhood
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Some local volunteers are working to bring a playground for disabled children to a city neighborhood.
It's an initiative that had many rolling up their sleeves Saturday to make way for the project.
As the saying goes, 'if you build it, they will come.'
"We are gonna have this place beautiful," said Dazzle student Talia Lott.
At least that's the plan for the playground expected to be built in the Beechwood Neighborhood. Anne Harvey is the executive director of Dazzle School. The visual and performing arts theatre has served children in the neighborhood of Webster Avenue for the past six years.
"A couple of years ago actually we were seen by people from the area saying those children have no place to play," said Harvey.
She says now their goal is to expand their role by bringing in a neighborhood playground that also serves disabled children into a vacant lot across the street.
"We want an inclusion kind of playground. We want to be sure that they can learn to play together," said Harvey.
Saturday afternoon, volunteers mowed, clipped, and raked to prepare for playground plans.
"When you hear about this area it's always a lot of people talking about crime. I think if we do something positive it will help bring out this neighborhood," said volunteer Katie Hunter.
Harvey says the playground doesn't come cheap, but so far a $15,000 grant from Kaboom and Snapple and nearly $70,000 from the city has gotten them started.
But organizers say the still need to raise more than $30,000 to complete their goal and have their playground built by April.
"This area is coming alive and this is another step towards that dream. It's going to be beautiful, kids are gonna love it," said Dianne Russell of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition.