A miniature American ninjas course.

That's how one of the children at the Boys and Girls Club in Dalton described the club's new playground to Robbie Slocumb, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs serving Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties.

"That (description) is just fine with me," Slocumb said during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground. "It fits in with what we’re doing, keeping kids active and fit."

The playground opened at the beginning of the summer. It features spinning chairs, "spider webs," giant steps and towers.

"It will last a long time, plus it has a good warranty on it," Slocumb said. "We like the wood effect, which blends in with what we're doing with our back property and bike trail."

The club built a mountain bike trail on the property behind the club off Underwood Street several years ago.

The playground can hold 30 to 40 children at a time.

"It’s very transitional and kids can move from one part of the playground to the other," Slocumb said.

Liam Aguliar, 6, said he likes the playground.

"The steps and spinning chairs are my favorite," he said.

Slocumb said the playground cost around $25,000. It was paid for with grants and donations, he said.

"It wouldn't be possible without the community's support," he said.

"This is our future, we are investing in it to make it better for you guys," Slocumb said. "Ten years ago we didn't have a lot of this. I'm excited about the next 10 to 20 years."

He said some former members are now working at the club.

"We also have kids in college with two of them working on their master's degrees," Slocumb said. "We have a lot of good things happening within our clubs, we try to get them in college, vocational school or the military."

Slocumb said between 125 to 150 children attended the Boys and Girls Club Dalton branch this summer. This was Sarah Keener's first year attending.

"I like it here," the 10-year-old said. "I like the spinning chairs on the new playground and going in the tower."

Zachery Vaughn, 8, said his favorite part of the club is the computer lab.

"The playground is fun, too, I like the spider web," he said.

Slocumb said it's a great place for kids to grow and develop.

"Everything we do is supplied and supported by people in the community, and it's great because in return the kids get the benefit now and in the future," he said.

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