Volunteers put together new playspace for kids

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Some area kids have a new reason to get out and play.

A ribbon was cut on a new playspace in Chattanooga after a ton of volunteers spent today putting it all together transforming the Tyner-East Brainerd Recreation Center.

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“There are a number of people here that work and play together except they didn’t have a playground. The community center is a very active one and they needed a place to play outdoors,” said Councilmember Carol Berz of District 6.

Hundreds of volunteers with Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, community churches and union organizations join forces to put together a playspace Saturday.

“Playgrounds are a place where you can meet your friends, you can learn to solve conflicts, you can build muscles. It’s much more than a playground. It’s really a way to bring the community together and that’s why it’s so important to build it with the community.”  said KaBOOM! project manager Imani Jackson.

Todd Chauvin, Division Sales Manager Dr. Pepper Snapple, says the playground build was donated as part of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s “Let’s Play” campaign.

They partner with non-profits KaBOOM! and Good Sports to provide communities with resources that get kids playing and active.

“We feel no greater way to burn off calories than be a part of like children and families get out and play, so we’re building this playground,” said Chauvin.

Councilmember Berz says the playspace has been in the works for about two years.

When Coca-Cola built it’s new distribution plant, she says, the city, county, private and public sectors worked together.

“As a result of things coming together so smoothly, subsequently to that at their ground breaking, Dr. Pepper said, you know what, this has been a great experience we would like to gift the community with a playground,” Berz said.

A present in the form of a place to play.