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Children Help Design Edgehill Playground

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many say Christmas is for children, but a group of local children got their present earlier this year.

Children who live in Nashville's Edgehill community helped design a new playground, which was built in October.

It was built at the Edgehill Center in cooperation with Home Depot and Washington, D.C.-based KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization works to provide play space for children. It works with businesses and community organizations to build playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks.

"Nashville was chosen as the city because it's also in partnership with the Academy of Country Music Awards and each year they honor a country music star voted as the humanitarian," said Erica Liberman, Kaboom! project site manager at East Park Elementary. "It is usually a group that does really great work in the community and this year, Brooks and Dunn won that award and they are actually going to come to the build day."

A team from Home Depot helped build the playground.

"Nothing is a challenge for us," said a Home Depot team member. "We all are a team. The Nashville district, we work hard, we play hard and it'll definitely be a day of work. We'll all go home tired, but just knowing that we're out there making a difference, we're all going to push. We'll get it down and make sure it's done right."

The team had just one day to transform the property into the design selected by children.

The multi-platinum country duo Brooks and Dunn attended the playground's grand opening. The country music superstars Kix Brooks and Ronnie duo received the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, which was presented during the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The pair selected Edgehill Center for the new playground.

Gloria Reed-Beene, executive director of the Edgehill Center, said the new playground will make a difference to the children, who determined what it will look like.

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