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Playground fund growing quickly

Posted: November 28, 2014 2:49 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2014 1:00 a.m.
Gary Phillips/C-I

Connie and Bill Frith, center with hard hats, were presented a Community Builder award and a $1,000 check from Mungo Homes and WIS-TV on a rainy afternoon last Tuesday. Between them is Mary Mungo, who made the presentation. The Friths are on the steering committee of the West Wateree Playground Project that will construct a state-of-the-art, handicapped accessible playground at the West Wateree Recreation Complex between Lugoff and Elgin.


Organizers behind the effort to build a new state-of-the-art playground at the Kershaw County West Complex between Lugoff and Elgin said they are pleased and appreciative of the support which is reportedly well ahead of schedule.

The project is planned for construction on land donated by the county, a move approved by Kershaw County Council earlier this year. However, the cost of the playground is being funded completely through private donations and grants. The entire cost of construction is estimated at $300,000; supporters have raised more than $200,000 so far.

That effort received some help in recent days when project steering committee members Bill and Connie Frith received a “Community Builder” award and $1,000 donation from Columbia’s Mungo Homes and WIS-TV. The Friths, other committee members and community leaders met in the rain at the playground site on Nov. 25.

“It’s a celebration for this playground we’re building here in Kershaw County. It’s an exciting thing for the kids and will be a great place for them to come and play and have fun,” Bill Frith said. “That’s what it’s all about. We’re tickled to death that this is happening.”

Connie Frith said she and her husband were honored to be chosen for the recognition, but the playground is truly a group effort.

“Bill and I just thank everyone standing here with us today, but the important thing is, every person you see standing here is also a Community Builder for Kershaw County,” she said. “We love Kershaw County, we’re proud of Kershaw County and we thank you for helping us with this project.”

Mary Mungo presented the $1,000 check to the Friths.

“We want to recognize people who are doing good in the community. You see so much negativity on the news. It’s nice to see a nice organization and people who are doing good things,” Mungo said. “My grandfather grew up out this way. It’s nice that we’re able to give back out here. He grew up in Bethune.”

The design of the playground includes features and activities for children of all ages and will be fully accessible to those with physical limitations or other special needs. Organizers, who originally hoped to open the playground by August 2015, believe the fundraising is going so well, it may be constructed and open even earlier.



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