Volunteers build natural playground in East Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Faculty from the University of Tennessee and community volunteers have finished building a playground at the North Head Start Center Saturday afternoon.

There are no monkey bars or slides, though. This playground is considered a natural one.

"Gives the opportunity for invention, creativity, kids to explore. Obviously balancing with the boulders and logs," says Head Start Assistant Director Nancy Thomas.

Kids will also be given the chance to work in a garden.

The playground will provide researchers an opportunity to study the environment's impact on children's activity levels.

The UT Department of Child and Family Studies is paying for the playground through a grant it received from the UT Office of Research and Engagement and donations from community partners.

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