Rotary club’s community playground needs volunteers

Community playgrounds have been growing in popularity over the years. Instead of professionals, community members get a little dirty for the kids’ sake. It’s something you can now be a part of.

At the corner of 14th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, initial work has already started on Paducah’s newest community playground. What makes this play area so unique is that it came from the imagination of local children.

Paducah Power System drilled 182 holes for free. Rotary Club President John Williams Jr. says contributions came from several entities in order to erect a $235,000 playground. "We have businesses and individuals who have given more than $45,000, and then there’s grants. Our largest contributor other than Rotary Club is the city of Paducah," said Williams.

But it will take an entire village to transform the dirt and gravel into a child’s wonderland. "We still have volunteer needs for the weekend of the 25th and 26th. We’re also looking for tools. We need drills, impact drivers and circular saws," detailed Williams.

Surrounding the wonderland will be 800 pickets. Those looking to make a visible contribution can buy a picket for $50 and have it engraved. Elements that will take up this 4,000 square feet of space will include a riverboat design, a castle, a climbing wall and more. "Remember, this is designed by 150 kids and an architect last July at the parks department day camp." said Williams.

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