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Blue skies, big smiles greet opening of Raleigh's biggest playground

Posted November 5

Danielle and Dionne Lester, who have worked for seven years to open the playground at Raleigh's Laurel Hills Park, celebrate on Saturday.

It was a beautiful morning for the opening of Raleigh's newest destination playground.

Sassafras All Children's Playground officially opened under a blue sky on Saturday morning as hundreds of children scrambled around on slides, swings, monkey bars, zip lines and more. The new playground is designed to be inclusive - a place where all children, regardless of their ability, can play together, side by side.

At 3.5 acres, it's the largest playground in Raleigh. And, according to Diane Sauer, parks director, it is the largest inclusive playground in North Carolina and, likely, the southeast.

I wrote about some of Sassafras' unique pieces and features and shared a video tour earlier this week.

"It's been a labor of love," said Dionne Lester, a Raleigh mom who has worked for seven years to get the playground built for her daughter, who has cerebral palsy.

Dedication day was an emotional one for Lester and others, who have worked on the playground so long.

But, judging from the laughs and smiles on the faces of the kids Saturday, their hard work was well worth it.

Sassafras is open from dawn to dusk, daily. Find it at Laurel Hills Park, 3808 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh.

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