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3/27/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
City of Charlotte works for Childrens' playground

By Andy Leheney

Rhonda Marlowe and a small group of fellow Charlotte residents realized their community had an important need and have decided to do something about it.

"It's been decades since Charlotte has had new playground equipment," said Marlowe. "This issue recently became more pressing when some existing equipment had to be removed for insurance concerns."

"A small group of us decided to do what we could to get new playground equipment for the children of Charlotte."

The group began by examining what types of playground equipment would be suitable for users ranging from infants to older children. The Charlotte playground committee priced a variety of items and established a goal of $20,000 to buy new equipment for the city park playground.

"We're trying to raise money through fundraising events, by applying for grants and from business and individual donations," Marlowe said. "Thus far we've raised over $9,000.

"We're pleased with the start we've made, but we know there's plenty yet to do."

Marlowe says most of the playground committee members also are affiliated with the city's Firefighters' Auxiliary and are doing what they can to promote the effort, including the maintenance of a Facebook page titled "Charlotte Playground Rejuvenation."

"The next time people visit Facebook, I hope they visit our page and learn how they can support the playground equipment drive," she said.

The Facebook page highlights fundraising events and other opportunities for individuals to offer their support. The committee's activities also are featured at the community's website, .

The progress is shared regularly with the city council during its monthly meetings, said Charlotte mayor Peggy Sellnau.

"Rhonda and the playground committee are doing a great job," said Sellnau. "They are volunteering their time to run fundraisers and apply for grants so Charlotte's children can have new playground equipment.

"This is such a positive thing for our community," she continued.

"I encourage everyone to support their efforts and to help in any way they can."

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