New playground to serve hundreds of children in Winston-Salem neighborhood

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A big part of being a kid is having the ability to go to a playground.

For one Winston-Salem neighborhood, kids didn’t really have that option.

The equipment that had been there was outdated.

Come Saturday -- that will change.

A new playground is coming to the Dreamland neighborhood in Winston-Salem close to the 14th Street Recreation Center.

“Once it’s built, it’ll actually serve about 450 children that are in the neighborhood and who come to the rec center, said Lian Mah, a project manager with KaBOOM!.

In one day, about 200 volunteers will build the playground that will include some picnic tables as well as benches.

Sean Hawkins, president of the Dreamland Park Rose of Sharon Neighborhood Association, helped lead the project.

“This is for the kids, so we want to make sure we have a positive impact for them as we put together something great for them,” Hawkins said.

Non-profit KaBOOM! is a partner along with the City of Winston-Salem.

The City of Winston-Salem provided the land.

“This neighborhood was really needing something fun for the kids to do. We have an older playground here that’s been here for a while. It’s just a good location for everyone to get involved,” said Heather Herrin, project planner with the City of Winston-Salem.

The association raised about $8,500 for the project.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods are also assisting with funding.

The playground build will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 on the hill next to the 14th Street Recreation Center.

A ribbon cutting ceremony with city leaders is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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