Kids to enjoy new playground in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Nearly 250 community volunteers from the City of Greensboro, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Kaboom organization built a community playground on Maywood Street Friday.

From start to finish, the volunteers constructed the kid-designed playground in less than six hours.

About 130 Blue Cross Blue Shield employees helped build the playground from the Greensboro, Charlotte and Winston-Salem offices.

Two months ago, children in the Glenwood neighborhood area drew up ideas of what their ideal playground would look like. Kaboom, an organization that helps communities build playgrounds, compiled their wishes.

"Kaboom believes that kids deserve the right to play and the reality today is that only one and five kids live within walking distance of a playground," said Kaboom Project Manager Chappy Ragos.

Brooks Mullane with Greensboro Parks and Rec said when Kaboom came forth with funding opportunities in December she knew the Maywood street area would be a perfect location.

Greensboro councilwoman Nancy Vaughan said the empty lot owned by the city used to hold vacant condemned apartments for nearly a year. After demolition of the building, the crime rate in that area dropped significantly.

This is the third Kaboom playground in Greensboro. The others can be found on Pine and Kay Street.

Children will have to wait until Monday for when the playground is safe to play after the cement settles.