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Peoria community comes together to build a new park for a local school

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PEORIA (HOI) - A two year project in the making was brought to life this weekend, as the Peoria community collaborated to build a new park.

Whittier Primary School teamed up with Bradley University to revamp their two decade old playground.

"Oh my gosh, as a principal this is what we dream for," said Whittier Primary School Principal, Julie Deignan. "That our communities will come together for what's best for students."

The school has been raising money for this project for two years. Deignan said the new design will not only help the kids stay active, but it will educate them as well.

"If you could see there faces when they look at this or when they saw the plan," said Deignan. "It's just a sense of pride and excitement in their own building."

Bradley University's engineering students were more than happy to help their community while testing their skills.

"Being able to support this really means a lot to me," said Bradley civil engineering student, Courtney Keys. "I imagine that walking past seeing them play on it will make it all worthwhile."

Whittier's students are more than excited to test out the new playground.

"On a scale from one to 10,000?" said one Whittier student. "A thousand."

Deignan said the park will be the biggest playground in the Peoria School District. Project leaders hope the construction will finish up this week.

Andie Bernhardt

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