Almost 350 to help build Zahra playground

Nearly 350 volunteers will help build the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground this week in Hickory.

Businesses, municipalities and donors all helped the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club raise $200,000 for the playground throughout the past year.

Volunteers and staff will help construct the playground Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

City crews have been preparing the site for more than a month.

Due to great response from the community, no more volunteers can be taken for the build.

“We want to thank all the volunteers who signed up to build the playground this week.

We are thrilled with the response of 347 people to help with this build,” said Donna Andrews, city of Hickory Parks and Recreation assistant director and Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground Community Build coordinator.

After the initial build is over, crews will put finishing touches on the playground. Plans are in the works to officially dedicate the site in May, according to the city of Hickory.