MILWAUKEE - Tuesday morning several Green Bay Packers along with Milwaukee County Parks brought the Packers pride to a different playing field, building a playground as a part of the NFL's "Huddle for 100 Initiative" in honor of the league’s 100th season.
“I’m thrilled. We needed a new playground. We tabled it so we could focus on activating the park [and] then we were given this beautiful gift from the Green Bay Packers,” Kiara Caldwell, Friends of Center Street Park, said.
This gift isn’t a small one, neither is the price tag attached —and when it all comes together the finished product should mirror the renderings.
“We have 113 playgrounds in Milwaukee County parks so you can imagine there’s quite a strain in capital dollars. So, to be able to have partners like the Packers to make this thing happen is great,” Guy Smith, Milwaukee County Parks Executive Director, said.
The new Center Street Park playground is the result of the NFL “Huddle for 100” initiative —fans and players, like Dean lowry, are encouraged to donate 100 minutes of their time and help shape what their community will look like for the next 100 years.
“It’s all about making new friends, communicating, and meeting people who might not look like you, or just different people in the area,” Lowry said.
Center Street Park is located on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. The four-acre park includes everything from a pavilion building to an ice rink and now a playground outfitted in green and gold and a great deal of Packers pride.
The new playground will be ready for play as early as October 19th.