Volunteers work hard to rebuild popular Covington park

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - It's one playground in one week for residents of Covington, Tennessee.

Four months after the popular play area was destroyed by fire, the park is being rebuilt by community volunteers.

Despite hot temperatures, volunteers worked hard Wednesday to rebuild the popular playground in Covington's Cobb-Parr Park.

"I couldn't believe it, 'cause who would burn down a public park?" asked volunteer T. J. Harrell.

Volunteers are rebuilding the park from the ground up. Most of the playground was destroyed after two teens set fire to the park in February.

"It's for a good cause...for something bigger than myself and greater than myself.  So I feel it could help benefit more people," Harrell continues.

"When you get to be a part of that and at the end of that you get to see what your hard work has brought to different local families, its all worth it," continues volunteer Colleen Meyerhoffer.

Meyerhoffer traveled to Covington because of the rebuilding effort.  Her goal: to build a playground in every U.S. state.

"It's awesome," she said. "It's so nice to see people coming in and saying, 'I'd like to help. What can I do?'"

Local boy scouts are even pitching in as part of their Eagle Scout project.

Park officials say when the park is completed, it will be bigger and better than ever.

"We upgraded to flame retardant material, we added some slides, swings, so it's a little bit more," said Covington Parks and Recreation Director Amy Payne.

Rebuilding efforts are scheduled to continue through Saturday.   If you'd like to sign up to work a shift or donate tools to the rebuilding effort, call the Covington Sportsplex at 901-476-1107.

Park officials plan to have the grand opening at the park Saturday night.

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