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250 Volunteers + 8 Hours = New Playground

Brett Blume
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  “This gives them a place right in the community, right in the neighborhood, where they can play and be safe.”

Jim Olson, Energizer Vice President of Marketing, says that’s why 250 volunteers gathered at the Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center on Arsenal Wednesday morning to build a new playground.

It took just eight hours from start to finish.

Not only that, Olson says, but they were using blueprints designed by the very same children who will be enjoying the playground.

“We pulled together…it probably was about twenty-five kids from the neighborhood,” Olson explains.  “And we gave them a blank piece of paper, some crayons, and a little bit of direction.  Then we told them ‘Create your dream playground’.”

The kids went nuts, throwing in all kinds of creative ideas.

And there appeared to be some budding capitalists among the youthful designers.

“There’s a couple of them that put in some fun stuff, like a gift shop and an ice cream cone machine,” Olson says.  “We’re not going to have that.”

Fun stuff that will be included: a mini rock-climbing wall, slides, and “spider-web swinging bars” according to one volunteer.

It’s scheduled to open Saturday, weather-permitting, and will even be lit so children in the neighborhood, who have no other playground within walking distance, can play at night (with adult supervision).

It’s surrounded by the fenced-in lot of the Salvation Army Center, providing a safe environment.

Energizer is the local sponsor of the playground, which is part of a nationwide project organized by the not-for-profit group known as KaBOOM!

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