Rome might not have been built in a day, but a South Charleston playground will be on Saturday.
If enough people come by to help out, that is.
"We need volunteers," said Kathleen Walker, a South Charleston city councilwoman who has helped to organize the project.
The city's Second Avenue Park will soon be home to a brand new multi-generational playground. KaBoom, a national nonprofit that helps build parks to provide children a place to play, and health care company Humana are designing and funding the bulk of the project, said KaBoom spokesman Mike Vietti.
The goal is about more than providing new swings and a tractor slide, though. Recruiting local volunteers to build the park in a day helps foster a sense of pride in the community, Vietti said.
"Most people, when they get to that site at 8:30 in the morning, they're going to think 'There's no way we're going to get this thing built in six hours,' " Vietti said. "It just underscores the notion that. . .everybody can get together to build a playground in six or seven hours."
The playground will comprise more than 3,000 square feet and include play items for children and exercise equipment for adults. KaBoom representatives recently went to local schools and had children draw some of the items they might like to see in the playground.
KaBoom takes a look at all the ideas and tries to incorporate as much as it can. There are some ideas - Vietti's personal favorite is a shark tank with live sharks - that didn't make the final cut.
In addition to the equipment that will be on the site, volunteers will also build a shaded pavilion area and planters for some child-adult gardening projects, Walker said.
Ever since the city found out it had been selected for the playground, Walker said she and others have recruited volunteers. They're coming from all over the city, but in particular from the areas surrounding the park.
St. John Heart and Hand Daycare is located across the street from the park, and director Nancy Davis said she can't wait for Saturday.
"I've got about 25 to 30 (volunteers)," she said.