Thousands join together to construct new playground in Licking County park

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GRANVILLE, OH (WCMH) – A community is coming together to build a new modern playground for kids at Wildwood Park.  This comes after a year of collecting donations and thousands of volunteers signing up to help with the physical labor.  Laura Collins has been at the park all week.

“Yeah, I consider myself a handy person,” said Collins. 

So when it came to helping assemble this new playground it was a no-brainer for Collins. 

“White meant we didn’t want to use power equipment. Gray meant we were ok with power equipment, and I chose grey. I’m good,” said Collins. 

She is one of 2300 volunteers. The previous playground was more than 30 years old.  The Granville Recreation District visited several elementary schools to ask kids firsthand what they wanted to see on the new playground.  Ben Yeater is the general coordinator of the project.

“Minus the underground tunnels or the rocket ships that were supposed to take off, we had a lot of traditional things. Monkey bars, tire swings, regular swings. That was a really popular option,” said Yeater.

The input from the kids, combined with $500,000 in donations will help give those kids just want they asked for.

Michael Bishop works knowing his three children will benefit from his labor. It’s a good feeling and also a teaching moment for kids.

“So those kids who think they aren’t going to use that math later on in life, here it is,” said Bishop.

The volunteers hope to have everything finished by the end of the weekend.

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