PINELAWN, MO. (KPLR) - Outside of Barack Obama elementary school in Pine Lawn, more than 300 people spent their Saturday working to build a new multigenerational 2,500 square foot playground. The $100,000 play area is the first of its kind in the St. Louis area. Humana joined forces with the district and Kaboom to make the new playground a reality. It`s open to everyone in the community. Parents Virgil Jackson and Audria Norman have both lived in the area for years and are excited to see the improvements.
"We need a lot it`s for the kids you have kids coming up and you always want something in the neighborhood for the kids." Said Jackson
"This is awesome this is by far the best thing that I have ever seen in this community and I have lived here 20 years." Said Norman
The structure is 1 of 50 funded across the country as part of Humana’s Community Wellness Program. Teachers, students, parents and volunteers from surrounding municipalities got their hands dirty and say it’s a great way to teach young people about responsibility and community service. Designers got input from the public to select the colors and design.
"Inside this playground there are facilities not only for little kids but for adults and seniors to come and be a part of it." Said Humana President Dan Ofetndahl
Phillip Boyd with the Normandy School District says the partnership is a win, win for everyone involved.
"I think this represents lots of the energy and the love and commitment that people have for the district." Said Boyd
The customized playground will be open and ready for visitors by Monday.
"It means that somebody cares and you can see the amount of care you can see genuine time that's being put into the community." Norman said