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Playground project gets hopping in Homer

Posted: April 25, 2012 - 8:11am

Many Soldotna area residents may find it hard to believe that their beautiful “new” playground is almost 2 years old! Congratulations are due to the organizing committee, funders, and to the hundreds of volunteers who created the Soldotna Community Playground from scratch, greatly enhancing the quality of life in your community.

On behalf of the Homer Playground Project (HoPP), we also want to say thank you to the Soldotna team for providing heaps of inspiration and practical advice to us over the last year as we embarked on our own campaign to build a new playground at Homer’s main city park. In fact, it was your playground that provided the catalyst to our own project. Dana McDonald, the General Coordinator of the Soldotna project, has helped us out time and again when we asked, “How did you do it?”

We also want to thank Peter and Erin Micciche and family for providing input and support, and for traveling to Homer to talk to our City Council about the benefits Soldotna’s playground has had on the community. In addition, Rinna Carson, Maria Chythlook, Tasha Crouse, Carolyn Hitzler, and Amy Hogue have all been generous with their help and advice. Thank you! Doug Gordon and the Soldotna High School Wood Shop class will be engraving our fence pickets. This is an enormous gift to our playground and community.

Our own Build Week is scheduled for May 20-27 at Homer’s Karen Hornaday Park. Late May is a great time to visit Homer and as folks in Soldotna know from their own experience, building a playground can be a whole lot of fun. We will have great food and the view from Karen Hornaday Park is awesome. We would welcome volunteers from Soldotna and Kenai! Please let us know if you’re interested by contacting us at HomerPlayground@gmail.com. Playground enthusiasts can also help build the Homer playground by purchasing a fence picket, engraved with your name or that of a child. See www.HomerPlaygroundProject.org for more information.

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