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Kid-designed playground opens in Petersburg

Youngkin: 'This is kids designing for kids and it's so exciting'
Posted at 7:33 PM, May 10, 2023

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A new playground in Petersburg features design elements created by the kids who will use it.

The YMCA on North Madison Street welcomed several dignitaries to the new interactive space on Wednesday, including Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin.

"The best thing about this is that it was designed by kids," Youngkin said. "So they had a drawing of what kids think a playground should look like — and that's it. And it was built that way. So this is kids designing for kids and it's so exciting."

The Petersburg Family YMCA and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) partnered together to build a playful attraction for children that supports child development and literacy skills in a healthy, engaging, and safe environment.

A $50,000 grant from VFHY helped subsidize the build, which was completed last week.

The Petersburg Family YMCA is located at 120 N Madison Street in Petersburg.

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