Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro
To understand the impact of a playground on a community like Goldsboro, NC, it is best to start with some information about the community itself. With a population of 34,186 (US census estimate July 1, 2019), Goldsboro has been ranked as one of the 5 poorest cities in the US (2015). One in every three children in Wayne County live in poverty. The need is great.
Our goal, with our partner Goldsboro Parks & Recreation Department (that will continue to maintain this park), is to bring new life and joy into a 2-acre neighborhood park, South End Park, located near two Section 8 housing complexes with 340 units and 300+ children.
South End Park currently has four swings and a basketball court, and the next closest playground is over two miles away. Transportation is an issue for many children who live in this area. The City removed old playground equipment (except swings) from this park last year because it was dangerous, leaving 4 regular swings and an open basketball court in an open, flat, green space that is safe and accessible for the entire community. The playground site to be redeveloped is 50’ x 50’.
Initial designs of this playground include simple, durable, kid-proven equipment, with accessible swings through challenging climbers and overhead features that invites outdoor play to improve health measures, encourage cooperation and grow future leaders. This playground would serve youth from all socio-economic backgrounds without physical and social barriers, promoting problem-solving, understanding and fun.