Synnex Corp., along with its Concentrix subsidiary and its fundraising initiative Share the Magic, has given $250,000 toward construction of a playground at Unity Park to be named the Synnex Share the Magic Playground.
The Share the Magic Playground will be a place where children of all ages from the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond can exercise, explore and interact with nature and each other while promoting physical, mental and social development, according to a news release.
“Synnex is dedicated to the well-being of every child in the Upstate,” said Bob Stegner, senior vice president, marketing, North America, Synnex Corp., in the release “We are pleased to support Unity Park and name the playground after our largest fundraising initiative, Share the Magic, which gives a voice to children facing the challenges of life-threatening illnesses, neglect or developmental delays.”
To be built at the center of the 60-acre park, the Share the Magic Playground will be designed with the input of childhood development experts and safety consultants. The unique playground experience is meant to evoke a child’s view of the archetypical Upstate landscape complete with forests, meadows, mountains and streams, the release said.
The city of Greenville pledged at least $20 million toward construction of Unity Park and set a goal to raise another $20 million in private funding from corporations, individuals and private foundations. With plans to break ground in 2019, the park will stretch from the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering on the southeastern corner to the Norfolk Southern Railroad trestle. The Reedy River flows through the site offering opportunities to restore wetlands and reveal more of the river’s natural beauty upstream from Falls Park. When completed, the park will be roughly twice the size of Falls Park and about half the size of Cleveland Park, according to the release.