Phase One of Millennium Rebuild Wraps Up - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Phase One of Millennium Rebuild Wraps Up

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Phase one of the Millennium Park community rebuild wrapped up Sunday. A lot has been accomplished, but there's still a lot of work left to be done.

The work hasn't stopped for the past five days. The effort to rebuild Millennium Park is in full swing. So far a lot of sweat and commitment is making a bigger, better playground take shape. 

"The work has been going great. The weather is awesome. We feel like we are halfway through. So that's where we need to be," said Kay Barnett, Community Build Coordinator. 

So far thousands have come through the gates to take part in the comm effort. City Councilman Stuart Weatherford not afraid to get his hands dirty and the McNeese Softball Team was also showing their spirit.

"For us the softball field is our playground and that's a place we can go and have fun and share this time as a team. And so we wanted to give that back to kids who needed a place to go and have fun and play and make memories," said Dani Price, MSU Softball Third baseman. 

Also lending a helping hand are kids who once played on the original park and those who look forward to the new one.

"Oh it's going to be something spectacular. A lot of kids are going to be out here and they are going to have a lot of fun," said 14-year-old Chandler Burks.  

"I want to get it done. And I want to play on it because it was really fun before it was burnt down and I want to play in the new and improved one," said 11-year-old David Johnson. 

As crews measure board for board, the giant tree house has started to emerge and the pirate ship is almost ready to set sail, but as Marc Leathers explained there are still a lot of details to finish.

"We are basically trying, we've got most of the posts in, now we are trying to finish the decks up and a lot of the framing. So by the end of tomorrow it should really start to look like a pirate ship and a tree house. And we are just kind of getting things defined. And next week we are going to try and get everything finished and get all of the equipment in. The first park was pretty cool but this one is going to blow that one away," said Leathers, of Leathers & Associates. 

The volunteer part of the rebuild will take a two-day break and pick back up on Wednesday morning. Hundreds are still needed to come out during the week.

"So what we really need going into next week - we are in really good shape but Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we are short on volunteers - so if people have time we welcome them to come down. They don't have to sign up just come on down and we will get you into it. An hours worth will make a huge difference. But we definitely need help the first few week days," said Leathers.

"We couldn't do it without the community. That's what this is. It's a community built playground and we need everybody to bring their skills, bring their families and just come out here and get involved. It's for us. It's our community playground," said Barnett.  

Phase two of the community rebuild begins on Wednesday November 2nd and will wrap up on Sunday November 6th.  

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