Community playground construction begins


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@thestokesnews.com



West Stokes band kept the excitement going on Tuesday morning at the kickoff to build the community playground in King at Recreation Acres.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Ashley Turner pictured with Chad Tucker began the quest to build an inclusive playground two years when she petitioned King City Council with the request.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

The inclusive playground is being built by the community and volunteer opportunities are available through Sunday, Oct. 1.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

South Stokes football team came out in support of the new inclusive playground being built in King on Tuesday morning.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Stokes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice and West Stokes Principal Kevin Spainhour attended Tuesday morning’s festivities.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Volunteers take a moment to pray before beginning work on the inclusive park at Recreation Acres in King.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

School Board Member Sonya Cox speaks to a reporter early Tuesday morning about MADIK’s playground project.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

MADIK (Make a Difference in King) along with many volunteers and the design team from Play by Design began building the inclusive playground in King on Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

West Stokes cheerleaders take a moment to pose for the camera in between cheering at the community playground project.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Volunteers roll up their sleeves to begin building the inclusive playground on Tuesday morning. The project is scheduled to go through Sunday and volunteers are still needed.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

MADIK’s inclusive playground is being built by the community on Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 1. Volunteers are encouraged to check in at Recreation Acres in King and tools and instructions will be provided.


Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Make a Difference in King (MADIK) kicked off their long anticipated inclusive playground build day on Tuesday morning in Recreation Acres. Organizer Ashley Turner took it all in and smiled.

“It’s been a long time in the making. I submitted a petition to King City Council two years ago and we’ve been raising money for about a year now. It’s here and I’m so excited,” she said.

The morning was full of cheers, West Stokes band, South Stokes football team, but more important volunteers ready to get to work.

“This would not be possible without volunteers. To see people from all over the county come together for this purpose, is really something,” Turner said.

The project continues through Sunday, Oct. 1. Volunteers are still needed and are invited to come out, check in and will be provided tools and specific instructions.

“We have great site leaders that play an important role. They’ll answer questions and help in whatever way needed.”

To keep the project on schedule, Turner said each morning they’ll review what’s been done and what tasks are vital to finish throughout the day.

“There’s goals that have to be met, but we’ll get it done.”

For more information or to follow regular updates, visit MADIK Playground Group on Facebook.

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

West Stokes band kept the excitement going on Tuesday morning at the kickoff to build the community playground in King at Recreation Acres.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MBAnd-3.jpgWest Stokes band kept the excitement going on Tuesday morning at the kickoff to build the community playground in King at Recreation Acres. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Ashley Turner pictured with Chad Tucker began the quest to build an inclusive playground two years when she petitioned King City Council with the request.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MAshleyTurner-3.jpgAshley Turner pictured with Chad Tucker began the quest to build an inclusive playground two years when she petitioned King City Council with the request. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

The inclusive playground is being built by the community and volunteer opportunities are available through Sunday, Oct. 1.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MCheckIn-3.jpgThe inclusive playground is being built by the community and volunteer opportunities are available through Sunday, Oct. 1. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

South Stokes football team came out in support of the new inclusive playground being built in King on Tuesday morning.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Mfball-3.jpgSouth Stokes football team came out in support of the new inclusive playground being built in King on Tuesday morning. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Stokes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice and West Stokes Principal Kevin Spainhour attended Tuesday morning’s festivities.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MKevinBrad-2.jpgStokes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice and West Stokes Principal Kevin Spainhour attended Tuesday morning’s festivities. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Volunteers take a moment to pray before beginning work on the inclusive park at Recreation Acres in King.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MPrayer.jpgVolunteers take a moment to pray before beginning work on the inclusive park at Recreation Acres in King. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

School Board Member Sonya Cox speaks to a reporter early Tuesday morning about MADIK’s playground project.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MSonya.jpgSchool Board Member Sonya Cox speaks to a reporter early Tuesday morning about MADIK’s playground project. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

MADIK (Make a Difference in King) along with many volunteers and the design team from Play by Design began building the inclusive playground in King on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MConstruction.jpgMADIK (Make a Difference in King) along with many volunteers and the design team from Play by Design began building the inclusive playground in King on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

West Stokes cheerleaders take a moment to pose for the camera in between cheering at the community playground project.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_MWestCheer.jpgWest Stokes cheerleaders take a moment to pose for the camera in between cheering at the community playground project. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

Volunteers roll up their sleeves to begin building the inclusive playground on Tuesday morning. The project is scheduled to go through Sunday and volunteers are still needed.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Mworkers.jpgVolunteers roll up their sleeves to begin building the inclusive playground on Tuesday morning. The project is scheduled to go through Sunday and volunteers are still needed. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

MADIK’s inclusive playground is being built by the community on Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 1. Volunteers are encouraged to check in at Recreation Acres in King and tools and instructions will be provided.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Mworkers2.jpgMADIK’s inclusive playground is being built by the community on Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 1. Volunteers are encouraged to check in at Recreation Acres in King and tools and instructions will be provided. Michelle Laprade | For The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

adodson@thestokesnews.com

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