Volunteers today will build an entire playground over the course of eight hours at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in San Francisco.

The playground, designed by children from the surrounding area, is being primarily funded and built by volunteers from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as part of the kickoff of its annual meeting, which is being held in San Francisco this year.

Local community members and the national nonprofit KaBOOM! are also participating in the project, a 2,625-square-foot area with playground components for kids between 2 and 12 years old that will include wheelchair ramps and other accommodations for disabled children, according to organizers.

“Building a safe, accessible playground allows us, the Academy, to give back so that children of all abilities can play and interact with each other on a safe play space,” academy spokesman Daniel Solomon said in a statement. “It also gives us the chance to help prevent–not just treat–the injuries.”

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the build, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last for eight hours at the site, located at 555 Chestnut St.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is also planned at 2:30 p.m., with San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu expected to be in attendance, according to organizers.

The academy’s annual meeting also starts today and will run through Saturday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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