Construction begins on new ADA-compliant playground in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Construction for a new ADA-compliant playground began Tuesday in Roanoke.

The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke has donated the 10,000 square-foot playground to the City of Roanoke to celebrate their 100 year anniversary.

The playground will be beside the new Melrose Library.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea; City Manager Bob Cowell; Director of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department, Michael Clark; contractor Caleb Knighten; playground vendor Mitch Reno; co-chairs of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, Dr. Cheri Hartman and Jackie Bledsoe; lead architect Don Witt; and Louis Booker and his mentor and playground supporter, Joe Gaither break ground for the Kiwanis Centennial Playground on Tuesday, May 19. (Photo: Courtesy Kiwanis Club of Roanoke)

The Kiwanis Club says it took four years of planning and three years of meetings to break ground on the project.

They raised nearly $400,000 to fund the playground.

The Kiwanis Centennial Playground’s final installation is tentatively expected to occur by late-July.

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