Playground for Salvation Army kids program rebuilt in two days
Anyone out of town for the last week may not recognize the new playground at the Salvation Army building on Yuma Street.
In just two days, volunteers racked up 216 volunteer hours by tearing down the old playground and erecting a new one.
The upgrade includes a second playscape, a new sandbox, a volleyball net, new balls and sports equipment and a new seating area for kids who prefer the shade to the sun.
All this was done through United Way. They arranged for dozens of volunteers from Target, FedEx, JE Dunn and Lowe's to rebuild the area.
"I hope they love it," said Randy Smith, a volunteer with Fed Ex. "This if for them."
About 40 kids with the Salvation Army's Red Shield program spend their days after school at the center. A spokesperson for United Way said the program targets at-risk youth between 5 and 14 years old.
Some students knew some big changes were afoot during the whirlwind construction.
"I would ask if we can go outside and my teacher would say no and I knew something suspicious was going on," said Jayden Hatcher.
Instead of something sinister, though, it was the right kind of surprise for the playground.
"It was like no slides, nothing to climb on but it was not like it is now," said Lyric Henry.
Saraya Martinez pointed out that the slides and the climbing wall on the new playscape are two things she looks forward to trying out.
The new playground area also includes two new trees, a new shed for toys, and a garden. According to the United Way C & C Sand, Harding Nurseries and Waste Connections also contributed to the project.
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