Designed by Kids, Built by Volunteers: Build a Playground in Just One Day for Richmond Children

Richmond, California (EastBayDaily) — More than 150 volunteers from Livie & Luca, The Trust for Public Land, Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante, Richmond Friends of Recreation, Richmond Trees, residents of the Richmond community, and City of Richmond will join forces on Saturday, October 25, 2014 to completely rebuild Parchester Park in less than 12 hours.

The new park design is based on drawings created by children and wishes from neighbors who participated in a Design Day event in July. Volunteers are committed to making the children’s dreams come to life and will build new play structures, featuring a seesaw, slide, and monkey bars. The play structures will be complimented by a children’s garden with percussion instruments, nature play, and engaging plants for play. The play areas will also be infused with creative works of art, including living willow structures and a collaborative mosaic installation. Parents and neighbors will have a brand new shaded picnic area with a BBQ area. In celebration of Arbor Day, volunteers will be planting 37 trees throughout the park. Jr. Giant’s team players will enjoy a renovated baseball diamond with new team benches and spectator seating.

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has brought you Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from across the nation will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation–in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. Providing access to a fun, safe, healthy places to play is important to children’s physical, social, and cognitive development, and may help children avoid lifelong negative health impacts.

Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. In this second annual community-build park project, partners have again joined to “Build Community with Community.” The new playground will provide more than 300 children in Richmond’s Parchester neighborhood with a safe place to play.


Michael Uberti


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