PHOTO GALLERY: Plantersville builds playground

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Daily Journal

About 175 volunteers rolled up their shirt sleeves Saturday in the rain to help install Plantersville’s new Kaboom playground.

The playground was assembled between 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. using only volunteer help.

Plantersville was the winner of the Mississippi Mayors Let’s Play Challenge, which asked city residents around the state to pledge 60 minutes of active play each day. Plantersville residents pledged the most extra play time per-capita, and the town was awarded the playground.

“It’s something the town could not afford to do,” said Plantersville Chief of Staff Norma Ballard. “We couldn’t afford the extra play set on the back side of the park, so it’s huge for us to be able to win this.”

The playground was constructed at the Grant Wuichet Park on Central Street.

Now, another grant will allow the city to construct a 160-square-foot pavilion nearby. A third grant gave the city trees to plant along the edge of the park to hide the adjacent train tracks.