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Volunteers build community playground in one day

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Hundreds of volunteers rolled up their sleeves Tuesday to build an entire park for one community in just one day.

Volunteers are expected to finish the park on Roanoke Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

When local groups heard the Avondale community didn't have a public playground, it didn't take long for organizers to sketch out plans.

More than 200 volunteers spent the day hammering, mixing and building a place kids can let loose. 

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Organizers picked this community because a public park doesn't exist anywhere nearby.

Quentin Lawrence with Hope For the Inner City says “Everyone is suffering but particularly our children so this project, particularly the playground is bringing the community together and around our children.”

Lawrence has seen the toll gangs have taken on this community and believes more things like this will help curb violence.

“If we can curtail the trend by getting them younger and by offering them something that's constructive, then that really helps with it,” he said.

The non-profit organization KaBOOM! helped make this vision a reality with funds and logistics through Blue Cross Blue Shield and Hope For the Inner City.

Dawn Weber with BCBS says this park is unique because the kids who live in this area helped design it.

“There's climbing, there's sliding and this one is going to have a UFO on it because they specifically requested that as part of the Design Day,” she said.

For the first time ever, area kids will have a safe place to play outside. Weber believes it will also encourage exercise.

“Largely because there's not access to a safe place to exercise because their interests have changed to things like video games, which are fine in moderation,” she added.

Volunteers also created an outdoor classroom and some benches underneath the trees.

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