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Mayor dedicates 1st of several planned playgrounds in Flint

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has helped dedicate a playground designed to improve the quality of life for children in the city dealing with a lead-contaminated water crisis.

Weaver on Monday praised the work of the United Way of Genesee County, North Carolina-based Make an Impact Foundation and KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that builds playgrounds nationwide. They worked with other community groups and volunteers who built the playground outside Flint's famed Berston Field House.

Friends of Berston Executive Director Bryant Nolden says it's important because closed schools and playgrounds have created a "playground desert."

Flint native and Make and Impact board Chairman Dale Gillmore says his foundation plans to help build more.

The public health emergency has exposed children to toxic lead and has been linked to a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

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