More than 200 volunteers worked Friday to build a new playground at Ashland Elementary School in Lexington.
The project at the school on North Ashland Avenue was made possible by an $85,000 grant that will transform a 20-year-old playground.
The grant came from Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority, and its partner KaBOOM, a national non-profit dedicated to building or improving playgrounds.
The school’s PTA, neighborhood associations, and community and school fundraisers raised $40,000 more during the past three years.
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A&W Restaurants Inc., whose headquarters are located in Lexington, served as a community partner.
“We’ve had a ton of people from the community here — firefighters, teachers, parents,” said principal Lisa Smith.
Bright new equipment such as climbers and slides, a chalkboard, a stage and other outside learning spaces, picnic tables and games are features of the new playground.