Volunteers build new playground
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than 200 volunteers gathered at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany on Saturday for the Let's Play Initiative. The group built the entire playground, designed by children, in just one day.
The project was aimed at encouraging the community to spend time outside and get active. Organizers said the church shares its space with the community hospice. Now, more children will be able to play outside in an environment where they already feel safe.
"You really want kids to play in a safe space, there's so many other parks around the city where there's just been a lot of violent crimes and things that have happened with kids, or even kids just being in the vicinity of things that are not safe," said Dr. Jennifer Sneed, Project Director Macedonia Initiative and Community Development.
A dedication ceremony will be held at the park next Sunday when the playground officially opens to the public. Let's Play is a $15 million, three-year, nationwide initiative that is supported by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.