HICKORY, N.C. -- Officials in Hickory are looking for volunteers to help build a playground to honor Zahra Baker.

The playground being developed by the Hickory community and is looking for volunteers that will work with the Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba County and the city of Hickory on April 12-14 to build the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground.

More than $200,000 has been raised for the project.

The playground will be a 90-by-60-foot oval, filled with slides, swings and things to run on. In total, 144 kids will be able to play on it at the same time.

The park will include a plaque with Zahra Baker's picture on it. Neighbors say when their kids ask about Zahra Baker, the stories they tell will be about a little girl who persevered.

The park will also be handicapped accessible and usable, meaning wheelchairs won't get stuck in sand. Zahra battled cancer and walked with a prosthetic leg.

Elisa Baker was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison in September after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in her step-daughter's death.

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