Volunteers help Maryvale Prep build new playground

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX -- Kids at a local school are about to get a new playground Friday thanks to hundreds of volunteers and community business leaders.

Maryvale Preparatory Academy, located at 67th Avenue and Indian School Road, is receiving a new playground to update their older one, which is more than 20 years old.

“This is so exciting for the kids,” said Dan Scoggin, founding chief executive officer of Great Hearts Academies, a nonprofit network of local prep schools. “We’re just so excited to have a playground that’s going to be safe and beautiful and contemporary.”

A community organization called Kaboom is helping fix up or replace more than 2,000 playgrounds throughout the U.S. Kaboom and local corporate partners including Snapple, Dr. Pepper and Bashas' have come together to help gather volunteers and funding for Maryvale Prep’s new playground.

"I'm really excited because I heard there's going to be monkey bars and I really enjoy monkey bars. I'm on them all of the time," said student Elizabeth Swanson.

The kids at Maryvale Prep helped design the playground to decide how they wanted it to look.

“They were part of the design to make sure it had the number of slides and the layout right next to their classroom buildings," Scoggin said. "The kids worked so hard here at the school and for them to come out and play with meaning and purpose makes a big deal to us.”

More than 200 volunteers showed up to help put together the new playground. It is expected to be up and running by Friday afternoon.