Reno community builds a playground in a day for inner city kids

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- More than 100 people came out to help build a playground in Reno, in an area where there just aren't many safe places for kids to play.

Courtesy: New Life Christian Center

"It has been a really long process," said Pastor Angelo Austria, New Life Christian Center.

Pastor Austria says when he became a pastor of the church in 2012, he would see kids playing on the street and often worried for their safety.

Later Austria recalled a vision he received from god to build a place for them to play.

"We wanted to first of all, create a safe place for them. Secondly, we wanted to give out a message that what is happening in this community is really is unacceptable. We have really got to find a way to start making a change to impact to this community," said Pastor Austria.

Since then, the community raised more than $365,000 to buy the land next to the church and equipment to make that vision a reality.

On Saturday, more than 100 community members and local businesses came together to construct this new playground near north wells avenue and east sixth street.

"We had people here that were homeless and work so hard here all day long, pushing wheel barrels," said Gail Willey Member of the church.

"The project here is a labor of love. I would like for the kids and their parents to be able to see that there are people that care about them," said Chuck Grimm, Executive Director of Pathfinders Children’s Ministry.

With every kid playing in the playground and not in the street, for Pastor Austria its mission accomplished!

"I'm going to sleep good tonight."

Pastor Austria says the playground will be open to every kid in the neighborhood. He expects at least a few hundred kids to show up every week.