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Americus parks getting much needed facelift

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Several playgrounds will soon get a facelift—becoming a better place for kids in the community to play.

McGlamry Park was full of kids enjoying the slides and swings. It’s one of several getting renovated in the near future.

"I think it would be good for the kids to actually have somewhere to go and play instead of roaming the streets or something like that," said Crystal Stephens.

The city recently approved plans to spend $350,000 to update equipment on the park and make them more accessible for handicapped people.

Crystal Stephens admitted this old equipment has prevented her family from taking advantage.

"We would be more likely to go if there was more stuff over there, and it was a little bit nicer and kept up more," said Stephens.

"It's a lot better and it'll be better for them - the kids to play on," said Wendy Clayton.

The city hopes it’s a common theme within the community. It's not just about improving quality of life for the citizens.

"It also promotes a healthy lifestyle where kids can get out and play, and it promotes a community experience," said City Manager Steve Kennedy.

The community has a role in making sure the parks last though.

"Make sure that the parks stay in good shape, the equipment stays in good shape for a lot longer time," said Kennedy.

The parks up for renovations include Joyce Myers Park, North Jackson Street Park, Muckalee Park, Mcglamry Park, and the McCoy Hill Park.

They’re projects that will make kids like this excited to play outside. The parks will be demolished and renovated within 60 days. The project is being paid for with SPLOST money.

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