Students from Magness Creek Elementary practically glowed last week at a groundbreaking for a new, all-inclusive playground in Cabot.
Lined up in a row, the students were handled shovels and helped turn the dirt in a ceremony that was attended by about 75 people and the crowd included Mayor Bill Cypert along with Lady Liberty, decked out in a red robe, and Cabot Superintendent Tony Thurman.
The new facility is located at Richie Road Park, the park will feature a rubberized surface for safety, with 28 different play elements and large enough to handle 200 children.
Travis Young, Cabot’s Parks & Rec director, said the park should be open by April but that timetable was heavily dependent on the weather.
The poured in placed rubberized surface has to have temperatures above 40 degrees for it property set, he said.
Young added, “This park is thanks to a bunch of groups here.”
In addition to Young and Cypert, Parks & Rec Commission Chair Ken Kincade also spoke.
“This should help revitalize the area,” he said but the all-inclusive park is just the first step.
“Across the street,” he said pointing, “it will be leveled for a flag football complex and a special needs ballpark will be next.”
Kincade said the commission’s goal, was, “to give everyone in the community something for them.”
Cypert said the park was “another peg” in making Cabot the best community in America and that the goal was to “continue to make Cabot a great, great community.”