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Some 250 volunteers have signed up to help build a playground in just six hours at the Parkland neighborhood Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.

The project is a partnership between the Humana Foundation and a national non-profit organization called KaBoom, which has helped build over 2,100 playgrounds nationwide. The playground, which includes a community garden space, will be built next to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana’s Parkland neighborhood club.

“We want it to be used by the community. So not only will Boys and Girls Clubs members have access but we want all community members to have access,” said President Jennifer Helgeson.

The Parkland club was the second club reopened by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana after the Salvation Army closed three clubs last year.

Helgeson said the decision to reopen Parkland came from the neighborhood’s lack of services.

“With KaBoom’s application process they ask that playgrounds within a mile radius be listed and when we were looking at Parkland specifically we did not have any playgrounds to list,” she said.

Since its reopening, the Parkland club has registered about 300 members and is one of the Kentuckiana chapter’s most active clubs. The daily attendance is around 120, said Helgeson.

The playground will be built between 9 am to 3pm over a 2,520 square foot space. The project is one of 18 playgrounds being built by Humana and KaBoom nationwide.