In a symbolic gesture that expressed the years of effort by many volunteers in the community as well as the St. Tammany School Board and parish government, more than a dozen people recently gathered for the groundbreaking for the new Kids Town. The new children’s play and learning center will be across from the Kids Konnection Playground and adjacent to the Tammany Trace at Koop Drive in Mandeville.
Kids Town is slated as a small-scale railroad town designed for interactive play and will include a fire station, sheriff’s office, general store and more. The project was funded by the Tammany Trace Foundation, as well as private investors and donations from the public. Construction on the Kids Town, a phased project, is expected to be completed within two years.
St. Tammany Parish officials, members of the Tammany Trace Foundation, sponsors, private investors and members of the design and build crew were on hand to turn the first shovel full of dirt where Kids Town will be built.
“Our greatest treasures are our children,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish president. “We look forward to its completion, when kids from every corner of St. Tammany can come to expand their minds and pretend that they’re a firefighter, a policeman, a banker, a shop owner and much more.”
For information on Kids Town or to become a volunteer or sponsor, visit kidstownsttammany.org.