Parkersburg officials are seeking volunteers to help build the third playground that is part of a $500,000 project to ensure the community's children have a place to play.
Nearly all of the Parkersburg's school and city playground equipment was damaged or destroyed, as well as many homes, public buildings and businesses in the devastating tornado that struck the town on May 25, 2008.
Now, volunteers are needed Aug. 5-10 to build a playground at the Parkersburg Elementary School, 602 Lincoln St. in Parkersburg. From Aug. 5-8, work will consist of putting equipment together and in place, with some digging possible. From Aug. 8-10, volunteers will help install the playground's safety surfacing, clean up the site and perform miscellaneous tasks.
Volunteer crews are needed to work from 8 a.m. to sunset each day, and will be served lunch, dinner and snacks. Anyone or any group that would like to volunteer should contact Diane Manifold, who is coordinating the volunteer efforts, by calling (319)-231-8702 or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This playground equipment is part ofa project that began in April with the building of two playgrounds in the community. The playground equipment installed earlier was purchased through local fund-raising efforts by the Parkersburg Playground Committee and a matching grant from the Miracle Recreation Equipment Company based in Missouri. This third playground is additionally funded by the Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District. Plans to complete an early childhood area at the school site are also in the works. This final phase of the project will be completed when the site area is vacated of temporary buildings and can be prepared for new equipment.
Parkersburg Elementary Principal Amy May thanked members of the Parkersburg Playground Committee for all their hard work. "The vision of rebuilding this community had to include consideration for the needs of the children," she said. "These playgrounds are incredible ‑ a dream-come-true for kids! Making the dream a reality could not have been accomplished without donations, volunteers and the vision of the Playground Committee!"
The new Parkersburg Elementary School playground will serve more than 220 children who will attend class there this coming school year. The equipment will also serve as a neighborhood playground for the kids who live in Parkersburg.
The building of the first two playground areas at Miracle Park and Schwartz Memorial Park was celebrated at a dedication over Memorial Day Weekend.