Site preparation has begun at Weaver Park in anticipation of new playground equipment. The “build day” for the volunteer-run project is approaching fast, organizer Brenda Patterson said. More than 80 people have already signed up to help on Saturday, Nov. 12, but she’s hoping to see at least 100 people come out.
“We need lots of volunteers to come out,” she said. They are looking for ticketed welders as well as people willing to entertain kids at the site. Others are needed to do some advance work a couple of days before build day, and also to act as security once the playground pieces arrive.
While soup is being provided, people are also needed to help make sandwiches and supervise lunch for all the other volunteers.
Those who have registered to help are asked to be at the site at 8 a.m. A “finishing” ceremony will take place around 2 or 2:30 p.m.
The Help Rebuild Weaver Park group is only $6,000 short of its initial fundraising goal. Patterson accepted a donation of $2,000 from Rotary last week and said a number of smaller fundraisers have been planned between now and their deadline of Dec. 31.
While the group had to downsize the park from the initial vision, Patterson is happy with what will be built.
“Overall there’s going to be something really decent in there,” she said. The group will continue fundraising in the hopes of adding more equipment next year.