Racing-themed playground goes up in Church Hill

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dozens of volunteers are putting the finishing touches on a brand new racing-themed playground in the Chimborazo community of Church Hill.  NASCAR driver Joey Logano teamed up with with several other organizations to create a new and safe place for children in the area to play.

They started in the wee hours of the morning.  Dozens of volunteers with Home Depot's "Racing to Play" program came together to help build a racing-themed playground, and who better to help makeover this empty site than a racecar driver.

The youngest cup series racer Joey Logano put in a helping hand, and was glad to help reach out and connect with some of his biggest fans.

"As I'm kind of younger growing up doing this racing deal, I have a lot of fans that are my age or younger, so it is cool to do things like this," Logano said.

This project is all about bringing a community together and giving children a new and safe place to play.

Shawn Noroian has lived in the Chimborazo area for 10 years and had special interest in this project.

"My son is about 5 now and we used to come to the playground a lot and saw that it was tired and that there were some safety issues, and some crime issues, and so we decided to come together as a community and sort of watch over it," said Noroian, who is a co-founder of Friends of Chimborazo Playground.

Just a few months ago, the Chimborazo community made headline news after a young man was gunned down while playing a game of basketball.  The crime shocked and scared residents who live in the area,  but those feelings are gone today with this "fun" project that was made possible by a variety of organizations, the lead of which was kaboom, a non-profit dedicated to building playground communities around the nation.

"The communities apply to Kaboom for a playground opportunity and then the Home Depot reviews all the applications that we receive and we really try to choose the communities that are in the most need," said Lian Mah, project manager from Kaboom.

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