Palmer College of Chiropractic students want to build a dream playground for some of Davenport's neediest kids.
The college’s Operation Palmer Promotes Play, a student-lead group that aims to improve the health and well-being of children through play, is partnering with the nonprofit group Project Renewal to renovate Sister Concetta Park.
The park, at 6th and Warren street, is owned by Project Renewal, which provides educational and recreational activities for low-income children in the Quad-Cities.
“Being active and healthy is so important,” said project chairwoman Jennifer Katzer, a fifth trimester student at Palmer. “We think this is going to make a big impact on the kids.”
Katzer said the group plans to break ground on the $64,000 project by Sept. 21 and expects the project to take a week or two to complete.
Katzer said the group worked with Aunt Rhodie’s Landscaping and Design Studio in Davenport and Midwest Play Supply to design the park.
A portion of the park will graded and resodded to create a sports field and new playground equipment, a patio with shade trees and amphitheater-style seating will be installed, Katzer said.
The group already has raised $6,500 through the Palmer N8K charity run and other fundraisers and has applied for several grants.
The project will host another fundraiser, the Palmer Dance-A-Thon, from 3 p.m. Aug. 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Palmer Gym at Palmer Drive and Brady Street.