Building Playground a Chance to 'Create Something Beautiful' Amid Terror, Tragedy

Volunteers spent all day Friday and Saturday assembling the new playground behind the Welch School and enjoying the opportunity to create a safe play space for Peabody youngsters.

Two hundred volunteers, including the entire football team at Endicott College, spent all day Friday and Saturday building a new playground at the Welch Elementary School in Peabody, bringing to fruition years of fundraising efforts and planning to finally provide a safe play area for students and the neighborhood.

Meanwhile down in Watertown, Boston and the surrounding area, thousands of residents were in lockdown inside their homes for hours on end Friday as hundreds of law enforcement agents hunted for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt said the construction of the new playground offered a welcome distraction for local residents and a chance to do something positive this weekend as the entire country and the world had their eyes on Boston, hoping the two marathon bombing suspects would be caught.

Devin April 21, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Thank you so much to everyone who supported this project. We are thrilled with the end result!


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