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Volunteers Build Rec Center Playground in Six Hours

Andy Berg

A group volunteers in North Carolina demonstrated exceptional efficiency, completing construction of a full playground at a recreation center in just over six hours.

Several hundred people offered a hand in building the playground at Smith Recreation Center in Fayetteville. The group started around 8:00 in the morning and were nearly finished by noon, working feverishly to have the facility finished by the scheduled ribbon cutting at 3 p.m.

The playground, which will be for children ages 5 to 12, was a cooperative venture between the city of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville nonprofit community service organization Umoja Group Inc., and the national nonprofits KaBOOM! and the CarMax Foundation.

Wanda Wesley, a board member of Umoja, told The Fayetteville Observer that she can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when they come back and see that their vision has turned into a reality.

“We as a committee looked at the drawings and pulled out things we could do,” she said. “We helped recruit volunteers and support for this project.”

The project is among 68 new play spaces that The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will create across the country by the end of 2021, a $4.4 million investment, the release states. 

Chasity Miller, manager of community engagement for CarMax, said they partner with KaBOOM! to determine what communities really need a playground.

“They help find those awesome organizations that have great community involvement," Miller said, "and they just need a little bit of funding and a little bit of extra volunteer power to make the playground a possibility for them." 

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