Men About Change Inc., a nonprofit group based in Macon, plans to tear down an old playground and construct a new one next month after receiving an $18,000 grant from Kaboom and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
The playground, located on Napier Avenue in the Bellevue neighborhood, is more than 35 years old and signs of its deterioration -- broken hinges and rusting pipes -- can be seen.
Micah Harris says he comes here multiple times throughout the week to play tag with friends.
"My friend busted his head, had a cut on his head…and he had to get stitches. The brown fences on the ground keep coming down and kids trip and get splinters," said Harris.
Irwin Clowers, the director of the nonprofit, says they have plans to tear it down and build a new handicap accessible playground.
"Right now it's obsolete," said Clowers.
Here is a rendering of what the new playground will look like:
"I think it looks really awesome. It has more color, the slide is awesome, it has monkey bars, [it’s] everything I thought it would be," said Harris.
The overall cost of the playground is $32,000 and after fundraising, they are $7,000 dollars short of their goal. They are asking the community for help.
"Our kids in this community needs a nice playground where they can burn some of that energy off and burn some of their calories," said Clowers.
The community will gather on July 15 and construct the playground that will be open to everyone.
Men About Change has an upcoming fundraiser on Saturday, June 24. They will they have a golf tournament at Barrington Hall Golf Club starting at 9 a.m.
Here is a copy of the form below: