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Volunteers transforming empty lot into new playground for Tallahassee homeless kids

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 20:14:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Volunteers are transforming an empty lot into a new playground for homeless kids.

It's part of the Let's Play initiative by Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola.

They want to build spaces to make play and exercise priorities.

The park will be right next to the HOPE community, along Pensacola Street near Appleyard Drive. The non-profit says they're excited to give kids a safe place to hang out.

"Poverty is very hard on young children and we see developmental delay in the young children and they need to play more," said Sylvia Smith, Big Bend Homeless Executive Director. "Play is the work of childhood and they need an apparatus to safely play on so they can develop in all ways."

On Saturday, builders wrap up. Then they'll then they'll hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Next week, kids will be able to come here to play.