'Playground for Jesus' is the name of the new play area in the backyard of Meridian's Wesley House. Staff with the Wesley House and volunteers helped to build the playground. They did so in order to provide a safe and fun area for children of all ages. The park is a result of community wide effort.
"People are just opening their hearts to this community and to the people who need it. It is a community effort, that is the church, that is the community of Jesus Christ," says Ginger Stevens, the Executive Director of Meridian's Wesley House.
"We're really just trying to get these kids in this community out here and involved. Give them some positive activities to do and that's kind of the mission of this church is to come out and give these kids a positive area to play in and talk to them about Christ and working in the message of Christianity and things like that," says Walt Hill, a volunteer.
'Playground for Jesus' has swings, slides, and a basketball court. That court caught the attention of many children who visited the park for the first time.
"I think it's a nice day out to play basketball and we get to play and even the little kids out there do," says Cedric Rogers.
"Well to me, it's good. For the little kids to come out and enjoy this is good. So what I think, is they've done real good with the basketball court," exclaims Jamonte Phillips.
The park is completely open to the public. Employees of Meridian's Wesley House encourage families and friends to take advantage of this new area.