Help build play center

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It’s an incredible thing when a community comes together and builds something.

It’s positive. It’s exciting. It’s rewarding.

It also takes a lot of work. Organizing. Coordinating. And actually building.

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But, in the end, such projects bring the community together. A camaraderie is built, as is a sense of pride.

The YMCA in Selma is an example of such a project. Many businesses, individuals and volunteers helped with raising money, planning and seeing the end result of the organization’s new facility.

A playground is currently being planned at the local YMCA.

The playground will be the fulfillment of dreams of local children who recently helped to plan their “perfect” playground.

Some of the things the kids wanted are a tire swing, bridges, monkey bars, a zip-line, and a scooter path.

The children were even included in the color selection.

A group called KaBOOM!, along with Bell South and the Paul M. Grist YMCA will make that dream a reality.

But, they need your help to do that.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that helps communities build playgrounds.

On Friday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a volunteer day.

The community is asked to join approximately 130 volunteers from BellSouth and help build Selma’s one of a kind, 2,800 square feet playground. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

The addition of the playground will add another aspect to the Y.

But, by coming together to work on the project, members of the community will benefit as well. Even if they never plan to swing on the monkey bars.