The day of the community build is in sight and the Dream Playground Foundation is reaching out to the community to lend the tools and equipment needed to complete this exciting project. We're seeking everything from hammers to wheelbarrows to popup tents. Click the link below to learn more and sign up to lend a tool!
Q: How do I get my tools to the cause?
A: There are several options:
Q: Who will be using my tools?
A: Volunteers who have signed up to participate in the Dream Playground build will use your tools after undergoing initial training and proper tool checkout procedures. Skilled supervisors on site will monitor all worksites for proper tool usage and safety practices.
Q: How do I ensure I get my tools back?
A: Your name & contact information will be assigned a unique number and recorded along with a description of each tool loaned. Your number will be written directly on your tool with a permanent marker. Tools will be ready for return starting Monday, June 28th. Pick-up/delivery method and date will be determined at the time you drop off your tools.
Example: Joe Smith #12 | firstname.lastname@example.org | DeWalt battery-powered drill, 2 batteries & charger
Q: Will my tools be safe?
A: Yes. Each tool will be signed out and in each day and will be locked up securely each night.
It was emotional for many of us to see the original Dream Playground disappear, but demo day was also an exciting milestone in the new build process. The heros in the process were a few local companies who generously donated their services either in whole or in part. We couldn't have done it without them!
First on the scene were 2 Grade and Bruch and Bruch Construction, Inc, who demoed and removed the old playground elements.
After Clark Land Office performed surveying services, Sitkum Tree Service arrived to do tens of thousands of dollars worth of tree abatement. Our community had mixed feelings about losing some of the trees around the playground, but their removal was crucial to the safety of the playground and the increased visibility that had been requested and incorporated into the design.
Members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe harvested large amounts of cedar bark from the felled trees before Hermann Brothers Logging & Construction removed the trunks from the site.
RJ Services hauled away 100 or more cubic yards of old wood fiber ground cover. This type of ground cover, though common in past decades, has been surpassed by a variety of safer and cleaner options, including the one we'll be using: Playground Grass by Forever Lawn. This ADA compliant ground cover is safer, cleaner, longer lasting, and provides greater microbial protection than other options.
THIS SATURDAY! May 15 from 10am to 1pm
Volunteers will once again be at the covered picnic area at Erickson playfield, next to the Dream Playground build site, to return engraved pickets from the original build to their owners. Contact Amanda with questions: email@example.com
We are so grateful to the original donors to the Dream Playground. Whether you purchased a brick, a picket, or sponsored a playground component, this beloved project could not have existed without your support.
Please take this opportunity to help make the new Dream Playground a reality. Customized bricks and pickets are available as well as a few playground components. This is your chance to literally put your name or the named of a loved one on a piece of a playground that will become an important part in the lives of our community's children.
Volunteer for the Community Build
Grab your friends and family and sign up today for as many shifts as you can during our community build week, beginning June 22. We can't build this playground without you! Untrained help is welcome but we are also in search of skilled volunteers.
Members of the Dream Foundation Board met recently with representatives of First Fed to accept a $15,000 donation destined to build the tree house at the new Dream Playground. We are so grateful for First Fed's generous gift and support, which will make a significant impact on the success of this exciting project. We are also lucky to have First Fed employee, Jen Swanson, as part of our Foundation Board.
First Fed is a local, community bank that has served Washington individuals and communities since 1923. Their mission is to design and deliver delightful, accessible and effortless financial solutions by empowering team members to improve the lives of those they serve.
In 2020, First Fed donated over $1 million to non-profit organizations through our bank and foundation. Also, our team volunteered over 2,400 hours with non-profit organizations.
At nearly 20 years old, many elements of the original Dream Playground were reaching the end of their service life. The new build, scheduled to begin June 22, 2021, will be a community volunteer project and will contain new, more inclusive elements, a sustainable and long-lasting grass-like ground cover, and exciting components like a zipline and climbing net!