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Setton Farms Donates New Playground For Terra Bella Community

Setton Farms Donates New Playground For Terra Bella Community

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TERRA BELLA, Calif. (KMPH) - Set against the backdrop of a pistachio plant is the new home of the Terra Bella playground.

The playground is set to open next month.

It will be the first recreational area for the Terra Bella community.

The kids from the community got a head start on the fun, except they weren’t playing just yet; they were helping build the park.

"It brings a lot of joy to us because instead of being at home and being bored, we actually have something to do out here," said Samuel Cesareo, a 6th grade volunteer.

Kids like Cesareo spent the day volunteering, they pulling out weeds, and poured wheel barrows full of wood chips into the park.

"Terra Bella is finally getting the stuff it needs and it's better for the kids too to learn not to do drugs and not to be in gangs," said Marcos Linares, also a young volunteer.

"I think it's important to them that they claim this as their playground. So, with them coming out here, I think it is going to last a lot longer. I don't think it's going to get destroyed; they are going to be watching it ... saying this is mine," said Kristen Dodd, from Setton farms.

According to Dodd, everything in the park was donated.

Even the park itself was a gift from the Setton family to the community members; many of the members work for Setton.

Everything from construction labor to materials and equipment was donated by Setton and other vendors.

"It's important for the kids of Terra Bella to have somewhere safe to come and play. Once school is over … it's kind of on lockdown, and this is for the community," said Dodd.

Prior to the playground, kids would go either play in the fields or go to Porterville.

"I am actually getting out and doing something instead of being at home and being bored and lazy," said Cesareo.

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