Meridian is one step closer to having the largest, all-inclusive playground in the state, with Jeannie’s Place at Planet Playground nearly finished as builders worked all week long.
“It is still unbelievable that we’re here. It’s just been an incredible week, and I’m so excited about the progress that we’ve made. We’re not quite finished, but we’re going to get finished. It’s just been amazing how much has been done despite all the rain. I’m just extremely excited,” said Julie Null who is Jeannie’s mother.
Though it rained most of the week, thousands of volunteers from the community, and even complete strangers, came out to help.
“People that we don’t know, people that have just heard about the project and they wanted to come out and help, and they have come out and helped in storms, flooding, and in the cold,” said Null. “They’ve just still come, and they have put their heart and soul into this project.”
Much progress was made, including the structure of the playground being built, ramps being placed, and the Liberty swing installed, which allows those confined to a wheelchair, to swing.
“It will be the largest inclusive playground in the state. We have the 14th Liberty swing in the United States.
All the shipments that I’ve taken over the past six weeks, every person has remarks on how large this is. They’ve said, ‘This is their big playground. This is the company’s biggest playground they’ll build this year.’ So, Meridian has the best,” said project coordinator Julia Norman.
There will be another build week to finish the playground, which will be March 14th until the 17th. Volunteers will be needed that week as well.