Volunteers build playground in tornado-torn Rosedale

Volunteers build playground in tornado-torn Rosedale

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Volunteers help build a playground in the Rosedale community, an area hit hard by the April 27 community. Source: Kelvin Reynolds Volunteers help build a playground in the Rosedale community, an area hit hard by the April 27 community. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The road to recovery continues in Tuscaloosa County as volunteers built a new playground today in the Rosedale community. That neighborhood was torn up by the massive tornado on April 27, 2011.

Families displaced in Rosedale by the April 27 tornado could return in a matter of months. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers today, there will be a place where their children can play well before then.

Hundreds gathered to build a playground in that area, hoping to start and finish the project in a day. The rain didn't slow down the volunteers.

"The ground is probably a lot softer now than if it were dry," volunteer Sarah Holliday said.

Whether digging with shovels or removing water with buckets, folks kept a positive attitude despite wet conditions.

Sarah Holiday says her group from Jim ‘N Nick's BBQ felt obligated to chip in.

"We love our community. We love everything it represents and if we can give back to them, I think it'll help the overall benefit of us," she said.

Kids will need a place to play once the nearby apartments are finished.

"Playgrounds help in pulling a community together and this is a wonderful spot to build a playground," Jim Hansen with PNC Bank said.

PNC bank helped fund the playground project. It's organized by KaBOOM!, an agency that's been building playgrounds in underserved areas since 1996.

"Even in the rain and even in the mud, we've got people that are out here to make a difference and build a playground for the children of this community, so the spirit is here," Naudy Martinez with KaBOOM! Said.

Kids from Tuscaloosa helped design the playground. The swings, slides and rock climbing wall are designed for kids ages 2 to 12.

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