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KaBOOM! playground built in Joplin

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A playground for children designed by children.

More than 200 volunteers joined forces on Friday to build a new all-inclusive playground so that kids with and without disabilities can play together.

Mixing up concrete takes some sweat and hard work but volunteer Dan Weaver says it's worth the price of the pain to help the kids.

"These kids aren't just going to be able to roll up to the apparatus and watch other kids play, they will be able to get in there and play themselves and that's fantastic," says Weaver.

The goal of KaBOOM! and the McDonald's Foundation, with the help of volunteers, is to build a handicapped accessible playground outside the Community Support Services building in record time.

"It's going to be a unitary surfacing, which means that it will be an easy roll on access for someone in a wheelchair and the entire playground, every aspect of it, you can reach with a ramp," says Melissa Eiken of Community Support Services.  "Kids that can run through can be welcome to do so but you can roll through and still experience all the fun things to play with."

"It makes me feel really good," says volunteer Lindsey Harrington.  "I have a nephew that is autistic and I know he will benefit from this and all the other special kids we have."

And through the power of teamwork, assembling equipment, mixing and pouring concrete, and spreading fill, volunteers got the job done in under six hours.

The playground built on Friday is the 9th of 12 scheduled to be built this year as part of a new partnership between McDonald's Foundation and KaBoom!

The playground is closed for now but there will be a ground opening "play date" this coming Tuesday.

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