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Kaboom playground at Bethlehem Center

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Former Carolina Panther/ Motivational speaker Leonard Wheeler Former Carolina Panther/ Motivational speaker Leonard Wheeler
Council woman, Lawana Mayfield Council woman, Lawana Mayfield
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

More than 230 volunteers from PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Charlotte community  joined forces  Saturday to build a new playground at the Bethlehem Center.

The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in September.   

Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

Council woman, Lawana Mayfield  was there to lend a helping handalong with former Carolina Panther and motivational speaker, Leonard Wheeler  to help kick off the program.

The new playground will provide more than 100 children ages 2-5 in the Charlotte community with a safe place to play. Currently, the existing playground at the Bethlehem Center is more than 20 years old and in need of replacement.  

The playground will be the ninth built by KaBOOM! with funding from The PNC Foundation, which receives primary funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., and is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2012 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.  

In addition to the community-built playground, the new play area will also include Imagination Playground in a Box™ – a breakthrough playspace concept designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With reconfigurable loose parts, Imagination Playground in a Box™ allows children to constantly change their environment and design their own course of play.

 

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