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New community space created for kids in downtown Lafayette

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Downtown Lafayette has a new community space for children and parents.

Every year, Lowe's gives $2,500 to each store for a community project. This year, Lowe's on Gloria Switch picked the Children's Museum of Acadiana.

Museum Director Carol McManus said, "We needed some changes so we can utilize this as an outdoor play area in conjunction with our wonderful exhibits inside but also to tie it in to any of the events down here in the park. So, for Downtown Alive, the kids can come into the courtyard and play. It's a wonderful space for families."

Volunteers from Lowe's on spent the day Tuesday transforming the courtyard outside of the children's museum into a new community space.

The store manager, Rhonda Atkins, said, "Today we're doing some landscaping. We're painting some checkerboards, some hopscotch things, putting a lot of tables and chairs so the kids and their parents can enjoy the outside just as much as the inside."

McManus added, "Children learn through playing, but we find also that adults learn to play. I think this will engage them with their children. Maybe they've never played hopscotch, maybe they've never played checkers, but families can come and enjoy this outdoor space and the community as well."

The courtyard is now finished just in time for this Friday's Downtown Alive.

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