Volunteer to build a new playground
The Greenline-Spartanburg neighborhood will soon get a new playground, and volunteers are needed to make it happen.
The city of Greenville announced the project Wednesday by issuing a press release calling for community volunteers to help 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Nov. 4. Volunteers and CarMax employees will work together to build an entire playground in one day. More than 75 volunteers are needed to help assemble playground pieces, mix concrete, move mulch and perform other duties.
Volunteers must be 18 or older and should wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Gloves, goggles and shirts will be provided along with water, breakfast and lunch. Not sure what to do with the little ones while you volunteer? Activities will be provided on-site for any youth not old enough to volunteer.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the project can sign up online at https://www.tfaforms.com/386879.
The playground will be located at the David Hellams Community Center, 111 Spartanburg Street, Greenville in the Greenline-Spartanburg neighborhood.
The project is being funded by a playground grant from The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, which awarded the grant to the city of Greenville and the Community Foundation of Greenville.
The grant included technical support, based on the KaBOOM! community-build model, through an experienced project manager. The grant also included funding for the playground equipment and site enhancements to transform the area around the playground into an inviting space for the whole community. The project kicked off with Design Day Sept. 10, when neighborhood children and adults gathered to provide input on what the play space should entail. Since then, a design incorporating residents’ ideas has been finalized, the equipment has been ordered and the site is now being readied for Build Day.