Play/work day set for Saturday at park

COVINGTON - Children and adults alike are invited to Chimney Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to take part in a play/work day.

"We're inviting people to come and work and play and walk in the woods," said Connie Waller, a member of Friends of Newton Parks, the group that is raising funds to build the proposed park, located behind Newton County Library on Floyd Street.

Youngsters are invited to participate in a play day sponsored by KaBoom!, a nonprofit that builds and renovates playgrounds and has launched a nationwide effort to get children out of doors, which is also a component of the Chimney Park mission.

"Our underlying theme is to get children outside ... We're wanting to provide that passive play space for children to come out and use the out of doors and use their creativity and imagination and learn to play in the woods again," Waller said.

While the children are playing, adults are asked to come ready to work to clean out invasive plants on the site. They should bring their own tools such as clippers and wear pants and work shoes. A hot dog lunch will be provided.

The 12-acre park is designed to be accessible to all people, whether they are special needs children, moms with strollers or seniors who use walkers, Waller said.

Fundraising has stalled due to the economy, so Waller said Friends of Newton is hoping to get the public interested in the site by hosting events where they can come and experience it firsthand.

"We're trying to get people interested so hopefully when the economy picks up they will donate," she said.

For more information, call Waller at 770-784-2015.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.