In Kershaw County, the entire community is throwing its support behind a playground that will be the first of its kind in the area.
What looks like an empty gravel lot now may soon be transformed into a child's dream come true.
“We did some conceptual drawings and actually spoke with children, and we came up with a Master design,” said Laurey Carpenter who serves as the Steering Committee Chairman for the Community Playground through the Lugoff Elgin Academic Foundation.
The design will give Kershaw County something it's never had before.
“We don't have a fully handicap accessible playground,” said Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray. “It's such a great thing to have it in Lugoff available for everyone in West Wateree and in the entire county.”
The Lugoff Fire Department, local government leaders, Kershaw County school district, churches and businesses have all thrown in their support for the ADA accessible community playground which comes with a $285,000 price tag.
“We started fundraising August 1, and we've already seen one matching grant,” said Carpenter. “I'm proud to say that we are 75% done within 4 months at $206,000.”
The Steering Committee for the Community Playground is determined to meet its goal soon, and Kershaw County Couple Bill and Connie Frith are helping to lead the way.
“We love where we live, we love the people here,” said Bill. “It's just a great place to live.”
The Friths lived in Kershaw County and given back to the community through numerous organizations their entire lives. The two met at Lugoff-Elgin High School and have been married for more than 40 years.
“We feel blessed so we want to give back, and we want to instill that in our children and other people in our community,” said Connie.
Bill and Connie were nominated by their son as WIS and Mungo Homes Community Builders. Unknowingly, they were surrounded by their community when they received the honor.
“We're going to give you these two new hard hats, and we're going to donate $1,000 toward your cause,” said Mary Mungo of Mungo Homes.
The Friths and the other community members said they were ecstatic to receive the news as it brings them one step closer to their playground dreams.
“The important thing I want to say is that every person you see standing out here is also a Community Builder for Kershaw County,” said Connie. “We love Kershaw County, we're proud of Kershaw County and we thank [Mungo Homes and WIS] for helping us with this project.”
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