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School playground gets a much needed 'facelift'

Volunteers help to make the school playground fun for kids. Volunteers help to make the school playground fun for kids.
Wildwood Elementary School Wildwood Elementary School
Cindy Murphy has been working to improve the school playground. Cindy Murphy has been working to improve the school playground.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Many of our kids' school playgrounds in east Baton Rouge are in need of a facelift, some of them so bad off they need to be rebuilt from the sand to the monkey bars. And the wait is over for one elementary school in East Baton Rouge as they set to open their new playground. 

Cindy Murphy is all up in emotion as she and a group of volunteers put the finishing touches on the new playground at Wildwood Elementary School. Every helping hand, every shovel of mulch, and every bag of concrete helps to cement a fairytale she says four years ago was a nightmare.

"I brought my pre-k class out to the playground and this little girl looked at me on the first day of school and said "is this all you got," said Murphy.

Then it was just and grass and dirt, but Murphy has since been working with several community organizations and getting funding from grants to help bring this once tall tale to reality. The LSU Community Playground Project has built 29 playgrounds throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

"Children learn how to navigate the world when they are on a playground," said LSU professor Dr. Marybeth Lima.

Lima has been building playgrounds for 15 years; she says the real architects are the ones who swing on them.

"It's their creative ideas that drive every single design that we have. And we try to translate their dreams and ideas into playgrounds. Every single playground is different because the soul of every community is different, "said Lima.

"No one is going to come up to me and say is this all that you got. They are going to say look what we have now," said Murphy.

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