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Butterfly Athletic Park to be built Saturday in Wales

Two hundred volunteers are expected Saturday for the community build of the Butterfly Athletic Park playground in memory of a Wales girl.

Nine-year-old Katie Durkin, who was funny, creative and quirky, and who loved soccer, softball, skiing and riding her four-wheeler, is the inspiration for the park. Katie was killed in a car accident last July 7. After her death, her family launched the idea for an athletic park at Wales Primary School.

The park will include a U10 soccer field, three-lane running track, basketball court, and a new playground designed for youth with special needs. The $425,000 park is being funded through donations.

Volunteer registration will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Wales Primary cafeteria and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the main entrance of Wales Primary. The build is to start at 8 a.m. Saturday, and is scheduled to finish by 7 p.m.

The Butterfly Foundation raised money for the park, and the logo for the foundation incorporates what her friends said about her at her funeral. KATIE is the acronym for “Kind and Thoughtful in Everything,” and those words surround a drawing of a butterfly that Katie created in school.