Thursday, August 29, 2013

Outdoor Fitness Center Fundraiser at Chicora Place Community Garden

Metanoia CDC’s Chicora Place Community Garden Pushes Forward to Get Fitness Center Added to Upcoming Playground with Community Support.

The Chicora Place Community Garden sits in a food desert plagued with food insecurity and chronic health issues. Thanks to Select Health of SC and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the garden, will receive a fully funded youth playground in an ambitious one-day build on Friday, November 22.

Plans for the future playground also feature a teen and adult fitness area complete with eight pieces of equipment. The set includes a curved balance beam, a sit-up station, a joint use chin up station, a seated chest press, a rowing machine, a seated leg press, an elliptical trainer, and a double cardio walker and costs $17,000.

To date, no sponsor has stepped up to cover the cost of the outdoor gym. Germaine Jenkins, Metanoia’s Community Garden Coordinator, and her neighborhood garden team have planned a fundraiser that will sell meals and other goods to raise funds and awareness.

Outdoor Fitness Center Fundraiser
Saturday, August 31, 2013
3pm - 6pm
Chicora Place Community Garden
3107 North Carolina Avenue, North Charleston, 29405

The fundraiser is a group effort with local musician Chris Boone donating his time and talents to open the festivities, assisting with the development and promotion of the event, and Metanoia CDC and the City of North Charleston donating ingredients and other materials that will be used to create dishes prepared by neighborhood residents. In addition, Crystal Simon, owner of the banana pudding business Bananapalooza, will donate dessert. The group is also creating a custom t-shirt that will be sold online with all proceeds benefiting the outdoor gym. 

Metanoia established the Chicora Place Community Garden in July of 2011. They gathered neighborhood feedback to create a social gathering space that features benches, barbeque grills, picnic tables and a gazebo. Since its creation, the garden has distributed over 600 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs free of charge to those who live, work and play in North Charleston. Metanoia CDC is an asset based community development corporation that has worked to discover and grow youth, adult and community assets in southern North Charleston area for ten years.

For more information about this topic, please contact Mrs. Germaine Jenkins by calling 843-276-8552, or e-mailing Germaine at


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