On Saturday, September 7, over 30 volunteers from Spalding University, including President Tori Murden McClure, teamed up with YouthBuild Louisville, Foresters and KaBOOM! to build a playground in the Smoketown neighborhood. The new play space is located adjacent to YouthBuild’s campus at 800 S. Preston Street. It will serve YouthBuild Louisville patrons as well as Smoketown residents.
“It was great to see so many people from various organizations come together to add new life that space,” says Bert Griffin, chief advancement officer at Spalding. “Our students, faculty and staff consistently give their time to community organizations, and I think this project was especially rewarding because it serves a neighborhood so close to our campus. Many of our volunteers will pass this landmark daily on their way work or school. It’s satisfying to know that you had a hand in something that will serve this community for years to come.”
In addition to constructing the park, volunteers from the Kentucky School of Art (KSA) at Spalding led a collaborative painting experience for children (ages 5-18) at the event. Nine 8′x4′ murals designed by KSA students will hang next to the new playground, further enhancing the beauty of the space.