New playground opens in West Baltimore

Posted at 8:47 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 06:34:54-04

There's a lot of things you can do in 6 hours. You could watch 6 episodes of a show on Netflix. You could take a bunch of classes. You could go to a movie, eat at a restaurant and browse at the mall.

A community came together on Sept. 15 for 6 hours to do something else with their time: give back. 225 volunteers put their skills together to build a new playground at Harlem Park Elementary Middle School on Thursday.

Volunteers came from CarMax, KaBOOM!, the middle school itself and surrounding areas. Baltimore firefighters even made an appearance.

"Hopefully, it's going to engage and inspire the community to start doing some of these small projects, and we'll see a trickle out effect of more playgrounds being built and more things being done for the kids in the community," said Ashley Vance, Location GM of CarMax.

The playground build is part of the Play More B'More initiative to create more kid-friendly environments in the city. 

The design of the playground is based on children's drawings created at an event in July. The project is among 33 playgrounds the CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! are planning to build in the US by the end of 2018.

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