Fifty Boys & Girls Club members helped the Carolina Panthers and Lowe’s unveil an updated Play 60 Challenge Course in our hometown, Charlotte. The Play 60 at Freedom Park opened in 2013 and is one of the most popular play spaces in the area. Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation estimates 65,000 people use the Play 60 Challenge Course each year and more than 1.5 million visit the park annually.
The Panthers and Lowe’s teamed up to give the course a $250,000 refresh, which included a variety of new fun and challenging obstacles designed to develop agility, balance and coordination for both children and adults. It maintained some of the play space’s popular features, including the 40-yard dash.
Nearly 60 volunteers from Lowe’s and vendor partner Sakrete had a day of service in August to help upgrade the challenge course. Volunteers assembled and installed equipment, pouring 43,000 pounds of concrete to anchor the course in place.
Boys & Girls Club members were led to the course by Panthers players Torrey Smith and Efe Obada, mascot Sir Purr and the Top Cats. Following a brief ceremony, the club members became the first to run the 50-yard dash on the updated course.