Editorial: Help build a playground

Masses of volunteers are committed this week to building an expansive new playground for North Whidbey’s young people, but there’s always room for more hard workers.

At Fort Nugent Park, work on a huge, 11,000 square foot playground designed with the help of local school children officially starts today. With up to 150 volunteers needed each day through Sunday, it’s a big undertaking. Not only are people put to work, but they are fed as well.

When the job is finished Sunday, the community will have a playground that will literally attract families with children from miles around. Hundreds of Whidbey Island residents will have a direct stake in the facility, as they helped build it. And children can brag about the aspects they designed by conferring with representatives from the contractor, Leathers, Inc. This sense of ownership and the pride it produces is bound to make the playground one of most popular places on North Whidbey.

Don’t be shy about volunteering, there will be experts on hand to help you lend a hand. To sign up, please call Adam Johnson at 672-1601, Hank Nydam at 279-4756, Bill Block at 675-9527, or go online to www.oakharbor.org.

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