Did you hear about the new playgrounds in Hopewell??

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Are you handy? We need those helping hands…Don’t have time? Would you consider loaning your tools for the project?? Seriously…it will build your family karma.

The Hopewell Borough Playground Project (HBPP) is gearing up for build week on June 17-21, 2009 when hundreds of community volunteers will come together to construct two new playgrounds: one near the gazebo in Hopewell Park and one next the freight shed at the historic train station. “After a year of planning, designing, fund-raising, and recruiting, we are very excited to finally build our dream playgrounds!” said Michelle Brennan, HBPP General Coordinator.

Playground project committee members are in the process of contacting volunteers to schedule their work shift(s) during build week. There are three shifts per day: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m. Volunteers should report promptly to the registration tent in Hopewell Park a few minutes before their shift begins. They should come dressed for the weather in comfortable, old clothes and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or clogs). Also, they should bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and head gear (for sun or rain).

More volunteers are needed for build week. There are openings for two “construction captains” who oversee quality and one “tools captain” who monitors borrowed tools. Besides these positions, there are many tasks for all abilities such as raking, painting, sanding, hammering, sawing, drilling, and more. No construction skills are required. Food and child care will be provided for every volunteer. Children ages 10-13 can work alongside a parent. Children 14 and older can work independently (no power tools). To sign-up, visit www.hopewellplayground.com or call 466-2636.

The construction of the new “child-inspired, community-built” play spaces can proceed because the playground project has reached its fund-raising goal of $109,000. “This is an amazing feat especially in today’s tough economy. We are very grateful to the many individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations who have generously donated to the project,” said Ms. Brennan. Tax-deductible donations are still being accepted for the purpose of creating a maintenance fund for the new playgrounds. To make a donation, visit www.hopewellplayground.com or send a check payable to “MOM’s Club of Titusville/Hopewell” to P.O. Box 234, Hopewell, NJ 08525.

Many tools–such as extension cords, rakes, tape measurers, drills, hammers, levels, and more–are needed for build week. To see a detailed list of needed tools, visit www.hopewellplayground.com and click “Donate.” All donated tools will be returned in as good or better condition–or the playground project will repair or replace them.

At the conclusion of build week, there will be an “Opening Celebration” on Sunday, June 21, approximately 6:00 p.m. at Hopewell Park. Everyone is invited to see the new one-of-a-kind playgrounds. Children will be invited to play on the equipment for a short while (provided it has been completed and inspected.) The playgrounds will be closed on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, to allow time for safety inspections and construction site clean-up.

To volunteer, donate, or learn more about the Hopewell Borough Playground Project, visit www.hopewellplayground.com.

Hopewell Playgrounds To Be Built: We need your help
Hopewell Playgrounds To Be Built: We need your help

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