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Teacher memorialized as Chehaw breaks ground on park renovations

Chehaw Park is officially breaking ground on it's play park renovations. (Source: WALB) Chehaw Park is officially breaking ground on it's play park renovations. (Source: WALB)
Chehaw Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB) Chehaw Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB)
Chehaw's $40,000 project focuses on making the park more accessible for kids with disabilities. (Source: WALB) Chehaw's $40,000 project focuses on making the park more accessible for kids with disabilities. (Source: WALB)
Chehaw staff hope to have the first phase of the play park renovations finished by May. (Source: WALB) Chehaw staff hope to have the first phase of the play park renovations finished by May. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Chehaw's play park is one of the popular attractions in the park, and it's well overdue for a 21st century makeover.

This long awaited need is coming to life thanks to the Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Project. 

Chehaw Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette said the two-decade old play park was due for some major upgrades.

"We haven't done a great job, it really came into some disrepair," explained Burnette.

There was chipped paint and deflated tires in the toddler area.

"It's not the happy place it's needs to be," said Burnette.

Now they're giving the toddler area a facelift, by adding small toys like animals and airplanes, and other equipment for kids to play with. 

"We want to make these areas accessible for kids with mobility issues or who may need wheelchairs or scooters," remarked Burnette. 

To make sure the park is more accessible for everyone, they'll have to make sure folks with wheelchairs have ways to get around the rubber mulch, as well being able to get up on the decking. 

The upgrades will also commemorate the beloved second grade teacher who was killed in a plane crash in January 2016.

"Brittany Kerfoot event really has made all of this possible, there's no way we could do this without her family and friends stepping up to do this," said Burnette. 

Kerfoot wanted to improve the playground. Her friends and family held a fundraiser in May 2016. 

Staff said kids are still welcome to come out and play

"We're really going to try and keep a majority of the play park open during this process, said Burnette. 

Chehaw staff hope to have the first phase of the play park renovations finished by May.

They'll starting working on the toddler area during the second phase. 

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