PLANTERSVILLE – A new Kaboom playground will be erected Saturday in the town of Plantersville, and town officials are asking volunteers to help out.
The playground will be fully assembled between 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday using only volunteer help.
Plantersville is 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 will be constructed at the Grant Wuichet Park on Central Street.
After the playground is built, 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.
Volunteers will unload and begin organizing and prepping the playground parts Thursday and Friday for Saturday’s assembly.
Ballard said they will need 175 volunteers on Saturday to help get the playground – which will feature an interactive firetruck, rock wall and plenty of slides – built.
Volunteers are welcome to help Thursday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., but Ballard said the bulk of the volunteer help is needed Saturday for the actual construction. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.