After years of planning, fund raising events, generous donations, some delays, and finally a run of good weather, the Little Heroes Playground is beginning to take shape.
Willard Asphalt is providing the site work, the city has done the concrete work, John Doyle is donating his time as an engineer, and Lowe’s Home Improvement is donating the fencing that will surround the playground.
Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman said she "is very proud of these donations as it made the project possible.”
The city is asking for help from the community to help in finishing the playground as part of a Community Build Project. Volunteers are needed to put the final touches on the much anticipated playground that will serve children and their parents, with special considerations for those with disabilities.
The community build project is an an opportunity for individuals and groups to volunteer to help out with projects at the Little Heroes Playground.
The build is planned for Saturday, Oct. 14 in Waynesville Park at the site of the playground. The projects that volunteers will be able to help with include things such as landscaping, installing playground equipment, installing shade items, and other miscellaneous projects.
Any individual, group, business, or organization in the area that is interested in helping with the build is invited to attend. The first shift will be from 9 a.m. to noon and the second shift will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Michelle Brown, Executive Assistant Waynesville City Hall, said, "We want groups to register for the event so we may get a feel for how many may attend."
To register, interested parties should contact Brown at City Hall by calling 573-774-6171, faxing 573-774-5647, emailing email@example.com, or stopping by the Waynesville Municipal Center at 100 Tremont Center in Waynesville.
Planning for Little Heroes Playground began three years ago and features a nod to all branches of the military, as well as W.H. Croaker, also known as Frog Rock. The playground is meant to be universally accessible.
Unlimited Play, a St. Louis based non-profit organization that helps plan, build, and fundraise for playgrounds like Little Heroes, designed the playground to be accessible to children and their parents who might have disabilities and the playground will contain features aimed at children with autism, as well.
The playground is already shaping up to be much larger than the former playground and area children are anticipating it being open before cold weather sets in.