Saturday, August 28, 2010

York Creek Playground

On Mondays, the kids in and near York Creek Apartments will have their own playground thanks to the generosity of Amway, KaBOOM!, The Comstock Park Rotary, York Creek Apartments, and the entire community.
KaBOOM! is a non-profit organization that wants to see a playground withing walking distance of every child.
Amway not only funded this project but allowed 120 employee volunteers to participate in the building of this playground yesterday. (Friday)
Well over fifty area businesses, organizations, churches, and schools helped the Rotary with financial donations,  donations of food, equipment, supplies, and volunteer workers.
Members of the Comstock Park and York Creek Community also came to help bring a playground to over a eight hundred children who live at or nearby the York Creek Community.
Management of York Creek Apartments and Land & Co were instrumental in making all this possible for the children of their tenants.
The Comstock Park Rotary Club was the sponsoring agency and committed to everything  necessary to see the project reach it's successful  completion.

The day began at 8:30 a.m.. Volunteers were fed both breakfast and lunch by the Rotary, and the build came to a successful completion at 2:30.  In addition to the 200 + volunteers, a number of special guests attended the ceremony.  These included Crash, Mascot of the White Caps, Katie the elephant, mascot for the Kent District Library, Purdy the Clown, and Pollo Loco, the Comstock Park Rotary's mascot.  Also attending ribbon cutting ceremonies were several dignataries, including Secretary of State Terri Land and  State Representative Dave Agema, who presented a Proclamation to the organizing agencies.
Just looking at the mountain of playground wood bark makes you tired.

Setting up the PA system and DeeJay.  In the back is Mr Paul Land, waiting to give a few opening remarks.

White Caps Mascot CRASH leading in morning excercises, asststed by Purdy the Clown.

Over 200 volunteers were n attendance

Rotarian Keith Gagnon, (right) having members of his team prepare some posters

The mountain is still a mountain

These two young volunteers demonstrating the "THANK YOU" poster they created.  To the left is a list of of the many generous  contributors

Those who were assigned sod duty got a real work out.

Community Policing Deputy Nate Ertle with White Caps VP Jim Jarecki and Land & Co.'s Troy Zapolski 

Nancy Campbell, Community Volunteer and State employee

Volunteers from Amway for this build were from their Logistics Department. Thank you, Amway!

Larry Burgess, Land & Co., with Alpine Township Planner Sue Thomas and Alpine Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield digging  a hole to plant a tree.

Alpine Township Building Inspector Gary Cambell has just completed a task

Alpine Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield with Michigan House of Representatives' David Agema
Mike Oezer, left, Progressive Engineering constructing one of the benches side by side with Bob VanderMale,  Prein & Newhof

Look what is left from that giant mountain

Comstock Park Rotarian and Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan

Members and family of the Comstock Park Rotary who volunteered Friday

The entire volunteer crew.  What  an exciting event this was!

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