Isolation and inactivity can be a deadly combination for older adults.

And so, a partnership between Mecklenburg’s park and recreation department and the nonprofit Southminster retirement community is taking a fresh crack at the issue by opening a new “multi-generational” playground.

Through its community fund, Southminster donated nearly $200,000 for the specially designed equipment for children and outdoor fitness equipment for adults including cardio and resistance machines. It opened in mid-October at Marion Diehl Park, 2219 Tyvola Road.

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