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The department will work with New York-based architectural firm Leathers & Associates – the same company that designed Race Playce located in Nevin Park – on a design for the playground, which will be constructed at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road. As part of the design process, the firm will seek the ideas and suggestions of local school children on what they would like included in the playground.

“This project is about bringing the community together to remember those lost in Newtown,” said Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. “What better way to remember the 26 students and teachers than a playground designed and inspired by children.”

Construction of the playground will begin in spring 2013 and will take about four or five days to complete. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to help with the playground build.

The project is expected to cost about $250,000. The department has secured $100,000 in Park and Recreation bond money; the rest will be sought through private donations.

How to Help

Park and Recreation will collect donations for the project through Partners for Parks, a nonprofit, nonpartisan support group that seeks to promote and enhance parks, greenways, and open space throughout Mecklenburg County. Donations can be made at Please click on the “Make a Donation” button on the top right hand side of the page and select the “Hearts and Hands fund.” If you would like to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504.