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Volunteers upgrade Leesville playground

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LEESVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5)-- With the help of grant money, one Leesville park got an upgrade. News Channel Five's Steven Maxwell was there as construction began.
"Oh I am just ecstatic, I am excited, I am just so happy to see this come together."

It was a happy day at Jubilee Park
as a playground was constructed to add to the park's walking trail. But these people aren't paid construction workers, they are volunteers spending the day so that others have a place to play.

"It just shows you when people come together for a common cause what things can be done," said Willie Kennedy, Leesville City Council and Secretary for the Jubilee Park Committee.

Kennedy has been there from the beginning.  The plans to upgrade the park started a year ago. But a 15-thousand dollar grant from non-profit KaBOOM made the jubilee park committee's vision a reality.

"I am just so happy that they chose us to provide this grant to us," said Kennedy.

Church groups, representatives from Fort Polk and volunteers from around the city helped dig holes for jungle gyms and tighten bolts for a slide to help better the community.

The parks location is set across the street from Vernon Middle School so that kids have a chance to play and exercise.

Curtis Pittman, Community Member-"Now they have somewhere to play instead of just walking and just sitting around," said Curtis Pittman, community member. "They have something to do."

The park is a popular place for adults to walk and exercise, and organizers hope the new addition will promote healthy living for kids.

"We are concerned with health and fitness, and at the same time we don't want to stop parents from coming out here to exercise and walk," said Kennedy. "But if their kids can come with them and be entertained, it just does a lot for health and wellness."

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