Area school gets brand new playground thanks to national contest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A local elementary school will be getting a playground makeover after recently winning a big prize.

Recess will never be the same for kids at Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School in Kansas City, Missouri. It won a national contest this summer. Saturday thanks to the $20,000 prize it broke ground on a state of the art playground.

"Today I'm feeling excited," said nine-year-old student Makenzie.

Until now recess hasn't been much at the school. Students had no playground, only a paved asphalt area to play on.

"We have the best track team, elementary track team in the city because all they do it run so this will be so much more for them," joked Executive Director Steve Fleming.

Saturday hundreds of volunteers helped get the new playground in the ground.

"It's unbelievable. They've looked forward to it ever since we won the contest back in the summer and they are so excited to come and be a part of this. We put the turf down on Monday and then they get to use it probably Tuesday or Wednesday. I've never seen them happier about anything," said Fleming.

"It's going to be really fun to have some more stuff to play with now,” said Makenzie.

Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School said most of its students live at or below the federal poverty line.