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Aiken neighborhood benefits from Safe Routes grant

Kiersten Warfield, a member of the Leadership Aiken County Class of 2012-2013, was looking to make a difference. See and her colleagues decided to clean-up an area of Crosland Park where elementary and middle school kids use to walk to school

"We really wanted to do something where we could see the effects and people could enjoy the effects of our project, immediately," said Warfield. "It's been a lot of work but it's been a lot of fun."

The Leadership Aiken County and Crosland Park residents came together today to put the final touches on a pick-up area for students in the neighborhood.

"We're just trying to create a nice area for the children to come and go to school."

Warfield said that before they cleared the area, most of the children in the neighborhood had to walk through wooded areas and behind abandoned homes to get to school.  

Through a safe routes to school grant, the area has been transformed making it safe. Many Crosland Park residents said they are pleased.

"You have parents that have an opportunity to sit on the benches or park their cars, and have a little shelter, as they wait for their kids to walk from school."

Although the project is not finished, some have already started to make use of the space, Warfield said.

"There's actually parents already waiting in this area and they told us they loved it," said Warfield. "They love being able to come pick their kids up."

The City of Aiken will finish the space by adding pavement and lights.

The Leadership Aiken County Class of 2012-2013 said the ribbon cutting for Crosland Park's waiting area will be held on June 18 at 5pm.

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