Work starts on Planet Playground

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 4:22 PM CST
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It has been a long time coming but volunteers were out in full force Monday morning at Planet Playground. The team began the reconstruction about 7 a.m. on the first day of the build week.

Though crews have been blessed with sunshine on the first day, there is concern the weather may turn later this week. Organizers from the Junior Auxiliary of Meridian are insisting there will be no amount of rain that can dampen enthusiasm for the project.

"We'll be here rain or shine so bring jackets, bring rain boots. We've got plenty of cover so if we need to, we can get out of the weather," said Bonnie Holloman of J.A.

Organizers say by Sunday afternoon the building site will be a fully functioning playground, accessible to children of all physical abilities.

Meridian Mayor Percy Bland says it's an incredibly special project for the city.

"A lot of families have grown up with their children playing here. This was originally built in 1999 and so here we are, 20 years later, doing it again, totally reconstructed. We knocked everything to the ground and started all the way over and I'm just glad that we were able to get to this point," said Bland.

The Junior Auxiliary of Meridian has been a key part in making the revamp of the playground happen.

"(There's) a lot of heart put into it because it's going to be bigger, better, more accessible and all inclusive," said Holloman.

Volunteers are still needed all week, especially for shifts later in the day.