CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation officials announced plans Monday for a group of volunteers to build a playground at a south Charlotte park to remember the victims of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The playground will be built at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road. Mecklenburg County park officials say they will work with New York-based Leathers & Associates -- the same company that designed Race Playce at Nevin Park -- for the Park Road facility.
“This project is about bringing the community together to remember those lost in Newtown,” said park and recreation director Jim Garges.
Construction of the playground will begin sometime this spring and will take about four or five days to complete. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to work on the job. Cost of the project is $250,000. Park officials say $100,000 of that money will come from park and recreation bond funds. Officials say they will seek private donations to pay for the rest.
Twenty-six students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed by a gunman in the December shootings.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Lori Saylor, 704-353-0504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made at www.partnersforparks.org.