City of Ferguson searching for volunteers for playground build - KMOV.com

City of Ferguson searching for volunteers for playground build

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The city of Ferguson is asking for help from the public in the construction of a new playground in the city's community center. 

The idea for the playground originated back in August by Community Resource Manager for the Play 4All Campaign, Victoria Schmitt Babb. She is calling this project the Healing Communities Through Play. 

Babb said she approached the Fraternal Order of Police Lodges and the Shield of Hope and asked if they would be interested in assisting the organization. 

"They loved the idea and immediately began to contact their members," Babb said in a press release. "Within a few weeks, thousands of dollars were raised." 

The project received donations of more than $30,000. 

She said the gift of play gives children and families opportunities to exercise, create friendships, and sharpen ital developmental skills. 

"Regardless of a people's origin, race, socioeconomic status, or ability, play bridges presumed differences and fosters connections," Babb said. 

Fraternal Order of Police and Shield of Hope spokesman Jeff Roorda said law enforcement officers who responded to the unrest in Ferguson want the community to see they are invested in turning the page on a difficult chapter in history. Those officers involved are among the Ferguson Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, among others. 

The playground build will start this Thursday at 10:00 am. and run until 2:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Community Center at 1050 Smith Avenue. 

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