NEWS | April 4, 2016

New base playground opens

By Airman Megan Munoz Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Nearly 100 service members, spouses and children attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new playground by the community center in the Hunt Military Housing community March 28, 2016 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The playground provides the children with a safe environment in which to play.

The playground, open to base residents daily from eight a.m. to sunset, has a very patriotic appearance with a red, white and blue color scheme. It includes slides, swings, tetherball poles, a seesaw, a basketball court and a zip line.

"The playground is really cool because it's so different," said Senior Airman Miguel Algubat, a 628th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller. "I can tell my daughter is going to love spending time on the swings and zip line."

With the playground nearby, children will be able to play outside without having to cross one of the busiest streets on base.

"There's the fairly new playground across the street, but it's separated by West Hill Boulevard," said Brandon Johnson, Hunt Companies vice president. "We had 265 homes in south housing with no playgrounds. This new playground will ensure children have a safe environment to play in, without the danger of crossing busy streets."

The playground in south housing will encourage bonding between families in the community.

"Between work, deployments and raising kids, military members have a lot of stress," said Leslie Birth, Hunt Companies assistant director of operations. "The playground provides a place for parents to get together and relax while their kids are out playing."

Many members of Joint Base Charleston and their children were able to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony making it successful, added Johnson. After the ceremony children, and parents, started enjoying the playground.