Children design unique playground in Stokes County

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KING, N.C. -- Hundreds of students from the King community spent Thursday sharing their drawings and ideas for a planned community-built playground with a designer.

After speaking with students and going over hundreds of submitted drawings Lisa DeShano, with the firm Play by Design, created a final design, which was presented to the community Thursday night at Chestnut Grove Middle School.

"There is no other playground like this one in the world," said DeShano.  "With all these wonderful ideas we could probably build about 2,000 playgrounds." The project is estimated to cost around $300,000.

The City of King is donating land at its recreation acres for the playground that will be paid for by donations and built by community volunteers. Organizers plan to build the entire playground in just six days in September.

"It's ownership, its pride," said Ashley Turner, a mom of two and local business owner who came up with the playground idea after noticing the town park was becoming the target of vandals and with a very small toddler playground she believed more could be done.  "If [students help] build it they are going to want to help take care of it."

With early fundraising efforts, Turner connected with Play by Design, which has received national attention for creating custom one-of-a-kind play structures.

The design unveiled to students Thursday night included a rock climbing wall, tunnels and even a castle.  Students also wanted to make sure the playground was all-inclusive by making it handicap accessible.  The designer included items like swings for children in wheelchairs.

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Here's a look at the design for the playground.

Here's a look at the design for the playground.