Neighborhood kids refer to it as "the purple playground."
The play area at Gifford Park, near 35th and Davenport Streets, was dedicated Sunday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that honored those who made the renovations possible.
"It's exactly what we aimed to do," said Maria Devlin, 23, an occupational therapist who helped lead the fundraising for the renovations.
Devlin, who now lives in Denver, attended the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. She credited her success to Omaha, where she received her education and met her husband. A friend suggested she leave an impact on the community. The result was Operation Playground.
"We provided the kids an opportunity to go outside and be healthy in a place that's safe," Devlin said.
Devlin and her peers raised $25,000 for the playground by selling baked goods, hot dogs and "walking tacos," and through other activities. The Omaha Parks Foundation matched the total.
Fourteen additional playground renovations are in the works, said Steve Oltmans, chief of staff to Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
"This is just an example of the beginning," Oltmans said.
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