CRANBERRY TWP — A township playground will be getting an upgrade next month with the help of a few hundred residents.
About 200 adults are being sought to help rebuild the 18-year-old playground adjacent to the Community Waterpark in North Boundary park.
The project will be done in three phases over the course of three days. Beginning Oct. 2, 30 volunteers are sought to help sort, package and prepare materials for distribution to those volunteering the following two days. Crews will also assemble the playground's features. On Oct. 3, 15 volunteers are needed to be available on a standby basis to complete any work left unfinished
The real work begins with the Oct. 4 build day, when 200 volunteers are needed to install the landscape features and put the playground together. Check in each day is at 8 a.m., with a kick-off ceremony set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4. The project is anticipated to be completed by 2:30 that afternoon, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled.
Volunteers of every level of skill and ability are welcome to participate, and no prior construction experience is needed. Those under 18 will be limited to side projects and must provide written parental approval to participate. Closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or work boots, are required.
All volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and breakfast, lunch and water will be provided at the site, as will gloves and other safety materials where needed.
The project will follow the schedule rain or shine.
The playground was designed in conjunction with ideas presented by children from the Cranberry area. Those children attended an event in August in which they were asked to draw their dream playground. Features of the final design were taken from those drawings.
The project is being built in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Municipal League, an association of municipal officers whose annual conference is being held this year in Cranberry starting on Build Day. It will be the League's 8th playground build in Pennsylvania.
The project is being completed under the supervision of KABOOM!, a nonprofit organization which has coordinated playground construction in thousands of communities throughout the United States, will involve three volunteer phases.
Registration for all three days is available online at www.tfaforms.com/4681944.