When we all work together . . .

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

It takes a great community to build a great playground -- that's the message being spread by the Soldotna Community Playground group, which this week celebrated years of hard work with construction of a new playground in Soldotna Creek Park.

While the playground itself is gorgeous, the remarkable part about this project is the manner in which it came together. A group of ordinary citizens -- in fact, some moms inspired by a trip to a similar community playground in Seward -- got the ball rolling on what has grown into what the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has recognized as the volunteer organization of the year. The playground has been planned, funded, and now built by the community, an extraordinary accomplishment in a day and age when we too frequently look to others to take action on our behalf.

When we talk about volunteer projects, we talk about the legacy they leave in our communities. In the case of the Soldotna Community Playground, the fact that a group of residents has stepped forward to make their home a better place is a significant as the project itself. That Soldotna residents have become engaged in what happens in their town bodes well for the future.

So, kudos to the Soldotna Community Playground organization. In bringing the community together, you've accomplished much more than simply creating a space for children to play. You've reminded us all that our community is what we choose to make it.

In short: When we choose to work together, we can accomplish great things.

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