College Drive community cools off

Published 4:42 pm Friday, August 2, 2019


On July 27, Lakenneth Kindred, owner of TaylorMade Fitness, Charles Cooper and Mario Ricks held the second annual Community Day Water Wars.

“We all grew up in the Franklin/Southampton area where on any giving Saturday or Sunday you could ride by College Drive park and find kids playing on the playground, basketball games going and the community just having fun,” said Kindred. “So we wanted to show the younger generation there’s alot of positive things that can be done in this area. So we sat down and came up with Community Day Water Wars.”

He continued, “We started planning for the event and with any event it cost money, so we started a fundraiser on Facebook to help with the event and the community donations were amazing. With the help of Mayor [Frank] Rabil and City Manager Amanda Jarratt, the event was a huge success.”

Kindred added that over 300 people came and enjoyed free food, bounce houses, music, basketball and more.

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She’s ready to slip and slide during the Water Wars at South College Park last Saturday afternoon. Submitted | Kenny Kindred

“Kids were running around throwing water balloons running up and down the slip-and-slide … fun wasn’t just had by the kids; the adults had just as much fun. I was raised here in Franklin on Thomas Street I haven’t seen this many kids and adults outside having fun enjoying each other’s company in years,” said Kindred. “They say kids don’t play outside anymore — give them something to do and they will. We would like to thank everyone that donated and that came out last Saturday, I want the Community to give themselves a hand. Same time, same place next year. We coming home, College Drive!”