Pitching in to build a park

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2006

Look around Selma and you’ll begin to see things taking place that seem pretty amazing.

When the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County undertook the construction of a new facility, one of its goals was to build a community center – a place where everyone could come together.

That’s happened.

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This past week, an amazing feat was accomplished with the assembly of a community playground in a mere six hours.

More than 200 volunteers pitched in to help construct the playground.

Volunteers gathered at the new YMCA facility off Medical Center Parkway Friday morning.

Divided into teams, volunteers were assigned to assemble playground equipment, transfer approximately 275 cubic yards of mulch, landscape and plant the playground’s butterfly garden.

A collaborative project involving BellSouth, the Alabama Power Foundation, Yeargan Construction and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe play spaces for children, the playground build drew volunteers from near and far.

The playground will be open to the public Monday.

The playground build is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when businesses work together with nonprofit organizations, and local residents help out as well.

We hope to see more collaborative efforts such as this in our community in the future.