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700 volunteers needed to build children's playground in Spartanburg County

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation Department asked for 700 volunteers to help build a children’s playground this October.

The “Community Build,” as its being called is taking place Oct. 22-24 at the Train Depot area inside Spartanburg County’s Cleveland Park.

That part of the park has been closed since 2011, after the miniature train ride there derailed killing 6-year-old Benji Easler and injuring others.

Last year, county officials announced design plans for the new playground and they now say they are ready to move forward.

Marcia Murff, who works as the county’s PR and Development Manager says they’re looking for all skill-sets and even volunteers who would just like to hand out water and materials to those building.

“We're not looking for 700 people to be here every day out of the six days but rather just put in a few hours when you can. We're looking for all skill levels,” said Murff.

When completed, Murff says this will be Spartanburg County’s largest playground with two separate areas for younger and older kids, with access to the creek, and stations with local flavor.   

“The USS Cowpens, so they'll be a ship component in there, a BMW so there will be a car component, a peach shed,” said Murff.

Murff said the county is also proud that this will be their second fully handicap accessible park. 

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