Momentum grows for Project Playground

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Juneau is turning something bad into something good.

    Progress is being made and more money being raised for project playground.  The Lemon Creek facility was badly damaged in an arson fire last spring.

    Alexandra Pierce with the CBJ Parks and Recreation Department said there has been some great collaboration on the project.  "We really want this to be the communities playground.  It was built entirely by volunteers and it was designed by local children.  We want to keep that spirit alive."

    The playground is now in the design phase.  Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed this summer.

    Pierce said there has been one improvement to help with safety and the peace of mind of parents watching their kids play, "Opening up the ice castle was a big concern for parents that their children could get lost in there.  There will be some better sight lines in there.  It will be the same playground that people know and love with a few modernized tweaks."

    John Pew with the steering committee said they have raised well over $100,000 in community donations.  They also have applied for grants.  They also want to raise another $80,000 for other improvements.  To do that they are selling 1,800 pickets on the playground fence, "We got a $10,000 check from Alaska Children's Trust in memory of Dr. George Brown, a beloved pediatrician.  The Juneau Firefighters Association donated a $5,000 check."

    Resident pickets cost $60 and business $120. They will hold work days from August 8-12.  They want to have 300 volunteers each day.  They also will install a new play field to get children more active.

    More information is available online.  Google Go Project Playground.


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