All Children's Playground remains open; fundraiser for its replacement planned at Whole Foods
On Tuesday, the new north Raleigh Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of total sales to Sassafras All Children's Playground, which planners hope will eventually replace the playground at Laurel Hills Park.Posted — Updated
Sassafras' planners hope to eventually raise enough money to replace the aging All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park with the ambitious project, which is expected to cost about $2 million. The goal is to build a large playground where children with handicaps can play side by side with others.
Fund raising for the project has been slower than originally expected. Right now, organizers are focusing on community fund raising projects. I'm told there will be several events in the next month intended to do just that.
And because I've gotten this question on Facebook and by email several times in the past month or so, I just want to clarify that the All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills is currently open. The playground will remain open until there is enough money to replace it. And even then, Kellee Beach, marketing administrator for the Raleigh parks department, tells me there will be plenty of public notice before it is closed.
Plans call for construction of the new playground to take place during "non-peak" times to minimize any disruption, she tells me.
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