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Rays outshine rain, new playground an instant hit

TARPON SPRINGS — Even without the friendly cover from Tropicana Field’s dome, the Tampa Bay Rays managed to get in a full day’s work this weekend.
About 200 volunteers from the Rays, Citizen’s Alliance for Progress, KaBOOM! and the surrounding community didn’t let a little rain keep them from completing their joint mission Saturday: building a full-sized playground in a single day.
Volunteers worked in shifts laying the play lot’s foundation and then methodically erecting, piece by piece, an assortment of playground equipment.
The playground’s focal point is a Rays-colored jungle gym, complete with a triple-seater slide and other features that certainly made every adult’s inner-child a tinge jealous. Simple monkey bars and a tether ball pole, this place is not.
Funding for the playground came from the Rays principal owner, Stuart Sternberg, who was on site Saturday with his family, through the Sternberg Family Foundation. Nonprofit organization KaBOOM! helps bring together community groups to build playgrounds all around the country.
Theplay area, behind the Citizen’s Alliance for Progress’ Union Academy Family Center, at 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is one of more than 150 KaBOOM! helped lead this year.
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