Hundreds volunteer to build playground in Durham

Volunteer work on the playground on Wednesday. Photo by Kristin Ketchell/WNCN

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 250 volunteers dedicated their Wednesday to constructing a new playground at Crest Street Park in Durham.

The new park was funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and a grant from the organization KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing active play into the lives of all kids.

“This community has worked so hard trying to do things for the young people and get them involved and so this is one way we could partner with them,” said Rhonda Parker with Durham Parks and Recreation.

Local residents rallied around the project and were excited to volunteer their time to help build a safe place for their children to play.

With the help of additional volunteers and organizers from Durham Parks and Recreation, Keep Durham Beautiful, Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership and Crest Street Community, the playground construction took just five hours.

“To be able to create something in one day from nothing to like a playground that will be usable in one day is absolutely amazing,” said Tania Dautlick with Keep Durham Beautiful.

The Crest Street Park Playground will be dedicated and officially open for children to play on Sunday.

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