Carolina Forest playground organizers seek volunteers

Carolina Forest, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - A brand-new playground is on its way to Carolina Forest and organizers say they need volunteers to get the plans off the ground.

Horry County Parks and Recreation is working with Carolina Forest Community Church to round up help for the first week of construction planned for September 20.

Brad Jordan is heading up the volunteer effort and he says the more people they get to help out the faster Palmetto Adventure Land will be open to neighborhood kids.

"Our target is to have 175 volunteers each day out there, and we're going to have three shifts," Jordan said. "It's going to be from 8:30 a.m. until noon and then from noon until 5:30 p.m."

He says it's not all about muscle and there are many ways to donate time to the project.

"Spreading mulch, carrying water, handing out food during lunch, you know just about anything," Jordan said. "We're doing childcare here at the church. People can volunteer to help with that."

Residents in the area say the park has been a long time coming and they look forward to it being finished.

"Carolina Forest is still a growing, highly populated area and I think they need to do more for the children," said parent Paul Schaefer. "They need a lot more places to go and spend their time wisely."

The playground comes with a price tag of about $300,000 and according to the county some of the will be covered by funding secured by Sen. Luke Rankin.

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