Dwayne Bowe helps Northland kids get playground

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The old swing set sitting on a grassy hill next to Maplewood Elementary had been there for decades. Last year, neighbor Jason Withington decided the kids needed something better.

"It was from the seventies," he said. "Just some swings and a slide and that was it."

Withington asked the city to help get a new one and in March they told him a new playground was coming.  

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe's foundation worked with KC Parks and the Maplewood Elementary LINC Site Council to make the playground happen.

After grants, $25,000, and dozens of volunteers working hard to install the brightly colored equipment, kids were playing on their new playground by noon.

"After you have kids, you realize how much fun kids have and I just want to bring that back to the community," Bowe, who came Saturday morning to help, said.

His own toddler Dwayne Jr. sat on his lap as a reminder why this playground was so important in the first place.

Bowe started the Dwayne Bowe Foundation two years ago.

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