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Volunteers Build an $83,000 Playground at Franklin Park

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Volunteers put a lot of hard work and sweat into building a new playground Saturday at Franklin Park in Yakima.

Around 80 volunteers from all three Yakima Rotary Clubs spent the majority of the day assembling pieces and constructing picnic shelters.

The Yakima Downtown Rotary Club raised a little over $83,000 for the new playground equipment. The old playground was torn down two years ago because of vandalism and lack of upkeep.

Now, volunteers said by next weekend kids could be playing on a brand new facility.

"To do things that will enhance our community, provide services for people that normally wouldn't be able to get access to a park or a playground, it means a lot to me," said Kellie Connaughton, a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. "It just means that Yakima is just that much better of a place for us to be."

Members of Southwest Yakima Rotary raised $25,000 for two new picnic shelters that will sit right next to the playground.

In addition construction on the pavilion project is well underway, which is paid for by the Sunrise Rotary Club. Volunteers said the pavilion should be fully completed for the summertime.