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Garth Brooks opens new play area at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Singer Garth Brooks meets with patients and parents at Phoenix Children's Hospital on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Phoenix. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

Country music superstar Garth Brooks was in the Valley on Friday to help Phoenix Children's Hospital celebrate the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Child Life Zone, a special play area where kids can escape the harsh realities of the hospital and their illnesses.

"This Zone is a place where you can be a kid," said Brooks. "I challenge you to wear it out. If you wear it out, we'll rebuild it."

According to PCH, The Child Life Zone is a 3,800-square-foot room designed to meet the needs of children coping with illness and hospitalization. It features a place for relaxing, playing and learning, as well as a multi-media studio where kids can produce their own shows.

The Child Life Zone was made possible by the Teammates for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Garth Brooks, according to a PCH release.

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