We're building a park! Coming soon to Holly Pointe Park: a great new place to play!
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, volunteers from the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the City of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Recreation Commission will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. The playground will be at Holly Pointe Park, at the corner of Red Maple Rd. and Holly Ln. The project is in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.
But, before the playground can be built, it must be designed. On May 24, a the Design Huddle was held at Holly Pointe Park with City Department of Public Works to work out in advance some of the logistics of building a playground in one day. Afterwards, local children and parents huddled at Burrowes Elementary School to give those who know play best a chance to design their dream playground. The drawings were then used as inspiration for the parents to finalize the playground design shown here.
The Design Huddle, and this entire effort, has been led by the KaBOOM! Project Manager, Brenna Hull. With her boundless enthusiasm, Brenna exemplifies KaBoom!’s mission of giving all kids “the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.” Since 1996, KaBoom! has built, opened or improved over 16,000 playgrounds, serving more than 8 million children.
The City won’t be building this playground alone. Neighborhood residents have come forward to assist on committees for children’s activities and food and refreshments on build day. Yes, Build Day, October 4, 2016. That’s when 200 volunteers will converge on Holly Pointe Park to assemble and install the playground equipment. The volunteer effort is being led by the City’s Department of Public Works and the Pennsylvania Municipal League, with help from the Lancaster Recreation Commission, the School District of Lancaster and neighborhood residents. As you can see, the neighborhood is involved in all parts of this project. After all, this is a neighborhood park.
It takes a lot to organize so many volunteers to build a playground in one day. If you or someone you know could donate breakfast or lunch food, coffee, water, or even building tools or food serving supplies, it will make the day that much more successful. And, if you would like to volunteer your time, you can sign up online at www.tfaforms.com/409618.
The Holly Pointe Playground project is made possible by generous funding from the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, with a grant through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.
If you have any questions about volunteering or donations, please go to the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s website.
For more information about the Holly Pointe Park playground project, please visit our Facebook page.
For more information about KaBoom!, go to www.kaboom.org.