The City of Leesville, donors, volunteers and one very special little girl cut the ribbon on newly installed playground equipment Monday, December, 14, 2015 at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course Park.
Those in attendance included volunteers who installed the equipment, area citizens who raised the money to purchase the equipment, local elected officials and the guest of honor, Macy SanNichols, whose grandfather, Darrell Woofter, along with local business woman Jill Leonard, spearheaded the project.
Soldiers, volunteers, donors, elected officials, and more gathered at the new swings to help Macy cut the ribbon on the new equipment. Macy rode in the new swing in the comfort of her wheelchair while being pushed by Mayor Rick Allen, soldiers, and her grandfather.
“Wow, this is just a great day,” said Mayor Rick Allen. “We’re very grateful for these soldiers and the people who donated their time and talents to make it possible for all the children in our city to have a place to play.”
Woofter and Leonard collected donations from around the parish, which provided the funds necessary for the City to purchase two combination swings that allow wheel-chair access, as well as three face-to-face swings that allow caregivers and small children to swing together.
Thanks to the 93rd Engineer Company at Fort Polk, part of the equipment was installed last month. Two more pieces of equipment are set to be installed by Pride Industries at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center later in January, while a final piece of equipment will be installed at a later time at Dogwood Park.
A ribbon cutting will be held at the MLK Center once the equipment is in place.