Hundreds have come together to build a new playground at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg.
The old one was torn down in 2011 after a children’s train derailed, killing a 6 year old.
Now, more than four years later, community leaders and volunteers are working to make it a family destination again.
Since the build started on Tuesday, organizers say hundreds of people have come by to help. But they could still use volunteers on Sunday. If you can help, just show up to Cleveland Park in Spartanburg between 8am and Noon or from 12:30-4pm Sunday.
Dwight Easler, the father who’s son died, is also expected to be there Sunday, to speak to the crowd.
Starting Tuesday, the Spartanburg community is coming together to help rebuild Cleveland Park.
More than 2,600 volunteers are needed for the six day building blitz to work 17 four hour shifts.
Marcia Murff, Public Relations and Development Manager for Spartanburg Parks, says it was important for this build to be a community effort.
“We really went through some difficult times, tragedy a lot of pain, that was associated with Cleveland Park,” said Murff.
In March of 2011, a miniature train derailed killing a six-year-old boy and injuring more than two dozen others. Now, more than four years later, some of the family members are planning to return to show support for rebuilding.
For information on volunteering, click here. Murff says they still need about 600 people.
Murff says the park will be customized for Spartanburg, including a Revolutionary War mural, a BMW platform, and a USS Cowpens Ship.