Yes, it’s true…the new playground is on it’s way next month! We know you have been eagerly awaiting this exciting change. We thank you for your amazing support and patience during this process. Now it is time for us to all get our hands dirty and actually build this thing together! Here is a breakdown of the construction process.
Beginning over Columbus Day weekend the existing playground will be demolished by the City of Newton. At this time we will have temporary fencing around the site area to keep kids off the playground. We ask for your help in making sure the kids stay off to ensure everyone’s safety. We understand that not having the use of a playground may be disappointing for many. The excitement of watching the new playground take shape will be fun at recess time, but we will also be providing some great new recess supplies like balls for soccer, basketball and 4 Square along with hula hoops and jump ropes. We are pleased to announce that both soccer nets and a new basketball hoop have been ordered which will truly make this one of the best play spaces in Newton!
We will need many volunteers to make this happen. Beginning on 10/20 we will need a small amount of volunteers (maybe 15 throughout the day). 10/21, 10/22 and 10/23 are our major construction days and will need a total of 25+ volunteers at any given time between 8am and 4pm. There will be a sign up genius coming soon so you can sign up for shifts during these days, but we wanted to get the dates to you beforehand. Several representatives from our playground contractor and Newton Parks & Rec will be on site to guide and help us throughout the process. There will be many opportunities to help during the build, even if you are not handy. For liability reasons we are not permitted to have anyone under the age of 18 at the site, so we ask that you do not bring any children.
We hope you are as excited as we are that this is finally happening. Please be on the lookout for the sign up soon and if you have any questions in the meantime please let us know.
Lauren Siff & Shelly Pearlstein
Playground Committee Co-Chairs