Blighted lot transformed into playground that teaches kids architecture and construction

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- An innovative new playground broke ground today in Central City.  PlayBuild NOLA and Palmisano Contractors teamed up to turn an eyesore lot in the neighborhood.  It will now be a permanent play space where kids can learn about design and architecture.

The site will feature open green space for free play, and tables and seating for classroom-style lessons.

Co-Founder of PlayBuild NOLA, Angela Kyle said, "What we're doing here is trying to inspire the next generation of builders, architects, engineers, landscape designers, and in general, urban planners.  Kids at the age of 8,9, and 10 can understand that they have an impact in the community and how it's built."

In 2013, PlayBuild turned the overgrown, blighted lot at 2828 Thalia Street into an outdoor clasroom, hosting neighborhood charter schools for after school lessons and field trips.  The non-profit's recent partnership with Palmisano Contractors will fulfill the dream of a permanent playground.   Palmisano will build out the site with assistance from partners .  It's a six-figure investment for the neighborhood.

PlayBuild is a two-year old educational non-profit co-founded by Angela Kyle and Charlotte Jones.  PlayBuild has engaged over 1,000 local kids in just two years.