Police and city officials to install state of art playground in Ferguson

FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – An extreme makeover is planned for the Ferguson Community Center on Smith Avenue.

Politicians and police officers will lend a hand Thursday to build a playground for children.

The nonprofit organization Play 4 All Campaign raised more than $30,000 for the state-of-the-art playground. Play 4 All Community Resource Manager said Victoria Babb said the mission is to bring together and equalize people of different backgrounds.

“Regardless of who you are, where you come from, what you look like. Play speaks to us all. And every child needs to be able to play,” she said.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said he was grateful for the contribution. No city expenses are being used for the project.

“We have somebody that stepped up. Play 4 All stepped up, said, ‘Look, we’ll take care of it all for you. We’ll raise the money; we’ll bring out the equipment. All you need to do is help bring the community together to make it happen."

The donations collected by Play 4 All come from three local Fraternal Order of Police Lodges, 15, 68 and 111, and their charity, Shield of Hope.

“There is a connection between law enforcement and the community that they protect, and that is a strong one,” St. Louis Police Officers Association Business Manager Jeff Roorda said.

The playground will be completed by 4 pm, Babb said.