Kids plan playground of their dreams

Example of a playground

When the weather is nice, it isn't uncommon to see kids playing outside. But when they are playing in the street ... it can present some hazards.

So one Quincy neighborhood decided to give the kids somewhere else to play.

Behind the Jefferson Youth Center on corner of North 5th and Cedar in Quincy is an open area. Today, kids were given the opportunity to design their dream playground to fill that space.

Tanya Peters of Quincy wanted to help out the community by adding a playground for kids. So she nominated Quincy as a possible destination for KaBOOM! To place one of their playgrounds. Quincy was chosen for an $85,000 playground but they needed a location. North Fifth street and Cedar Street.

"We have three different youth centers in Quincy but we chose this one because if you are ever in this area, the kids are usually playing in the streets or on the sidewalks. The closest playground to them, they have to cross Gardner Expressway to get to it. So for safety reasons this is a our best choice," Quincy Area Project's Chasidy Rees said.

Kids from the area came out to draw their dream playground. Slides, underground tunnels and even a cave was drawn for the corner lot playground.

"I heard a lot of swings today. The parents will note that. When we go through our adult portion later, we will go ahead and let them choose the highest ranking pieces. We will then create a list and send it into the designers and hopefully they will have some really amazing designs for us," KaBOOM! Projects Manager Alec Stackhouse said.

"KaBOOM! works with different donors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and they team up with different organizations and make it possible for kids to have playgrounds," Rees said.

Of the $85,000, the community only had to put in ten percent,or $8,500, towards the playground. The lot on which the playground will be built is already owned by the city.

"We are actually have the kids design their dream playgrounds and then the parents will take a look at the designs and they will help us design that final playground that will be put into the ground," Stackhouse said.

"It could be slides, it could be a rock climbing wall. We are just going to put together what we think would be best for kids ages two to twelve so everybody can utilize it and it what they want" Rees said.

Today's designs will be sent to KaBOOM! and t he organization will make three finished products for the group to choose from.

The playground will be built on September 14 in a matter of hours.