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Leadership Greer Class 30 Announced Class Project: Kid's Planet Revitalization


March 16, 2010

In March of 1999 a group of 3,000 volunteers came together to build Kids Planet at Century Park. The park is a wonderful recreation spot for children of all ages and abilities, and it has become a popular destination for families across the Upstate. Ten years and thousands of children later, the park built by the community through dedicated volunteers and donors needs a bit of T.L.C.

“Kids Planet is very important to me and my family,” said Shane Howell, an original Kids Planet volunteer and Leadership Greer Class 30 participant.  “We were expecting our first child when the project started and I was blessed to be part of the original design team. We have watched our children grow playing at the park. It is a vital part of our Greer community and is deserving of our efforts to keep it safe and fun for future generations.”

If you haven’t seen the popular park, it has two awesome play structures, surrounded by wooden picnic areas, pavilions and a paved walking trail. In a day when most kids consider TV and video games as a recreation activity, it’s good to have a place go outside play. Kids Planet has served as the model for pre-teen recreational areas across the Upstate.  For photos and more information, visit www.KidsPlanetGreer.org .

Leadership Greer class 30 has identified the revitalization of Kids Planet as their class project. To make this endeavor possible, Leadership Greer is seeking help from the community.

In keeping with the tradition of the Park’s volunteer-based construction, we would like to extend an invitation to public volunteers to undertake this project.  Although the park will not require as much work as it did at inception, we need as many volunteers as possible to restore the Park to the beauty we remember from the spring of 1999.  In the well-known spirit of Greer community service, please help us keep this special Greer landmark in good condition.  Any contribution, whether physical or monetary, will be greatly appreciated for generations to come.

Revitalization efforts are planned for April 17th in conjunction with Volunteer Greer Day through two shifts:
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“This is a great time for people to give back to the Greer Community and get outside to do some needed work in our special community," noted Volunteer Greer Chair Jim Boyd.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Leadership Greer Alumni Association will be conducting the 3rd annual Volunteer Greer Day on April 17th. It is a great way for people to participate in various volunteer activities to help improve the Greer Community.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 600 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is "To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community." For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.

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