Powder Creek Playground
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#1 Sep 30, 2013
Power Creek Playground build date to be postponed due to some unexpected expenses. The people need to know what the unexpected expenses are. When this all started my wife not from here and only living in Bonham , for a short time said we should help , we do have the money. Well long story short I told her someone will make an excuse of why the playground will have to be put on hold and then never finished, I then told her I hope I am wrong but this is Bonham.
#2 Sep 30, 2013
As the current General Coordinator for the Powder Creek Community Platground project, I am just as disappointed that the build date had to be postponed. I have been involved with the playground since 2008, when my daughter was just two years old. Fulltime working moms & dads, stay at home moms & dads, retired grandmas & grandpas and other dedicated individuals have volunteered many hours towards fundraising and planning. This is a truly grassroots effort in that everyone involved is a volunteer. We do not have a staff to dedicate 40 hours a week to fundraising efforts. The original site had to be relocated due to previous construction debris and concrete that was buried long ago. The site was moved closer to the restrooms where digging would be possible. However, with the site chosen, electrical lines and trees would interfere with the playground. Safety is paramount and it was determined to do underground work. This of curse takes money. The cost for this was $6,100. There were also some architectural changes that needed to be done after the location was changed. That along with a lack of donated materials that we projected left us no other choice than to postpone. March has been chosen diue to Texas climate and ample time to raise the needed funds to get the electrical lines moved and purchase materials that were not donated. My seven year old daughter has stated she would volunteer to play on the playground when it is built. I am certain she will have that opportunity in March. Good things happen to those who wait. However, we will not wait quietly, we will continue to sell pickets, do raffles, spaghetti suppers, etc. We will knock on doors and request donations, church groups will provide food to the volunteers. Volunteers will provide childcare to our volunteer builders. We have had support from financial agencies, local foundations, and some corporate donors and we are very appreciative. The project is a total of $121, 000. To date we have raised approximately $85K. Because this is a community-built playground, the value of the playground will actually be worth 2-3x that amount since labor will not be a cost. The playground committee will be meeting again later this month, we invite anyone to come to the meeting and ask questions. This is truly a community project in every aspect and it will be an amazing experience for those who participate and make this dream come true, not only for the children of today, but for the children of tomorrow as well.
#3 Sep 30, 2013
Please forgive my typos...Playground not Platground;
course rather than curse; and due instead of diue.
Just in case someone chooses to comment on my imperfections, I beat ya to it
#4 Sep 30, 2013
Good luck your going to need it. It's Bonham.
#5 Sep 30, 2013
In recent months, I have started volunteering much more of my time with this playground project. I am grateful to everyone who has given their time, money, resources and expertise to this community effort and especially to Michelle Griffith, who has become our leader and fierce advocate. "Come on" I understand and share your frustration that we have had to postpone the build days. However, I am still optimistic and confident that we will complete this project next spring. "Come on" I also hear you when you ask for answers and information. That is why I have pledged to help share information with our community about what is going on with the playground project. I will continue to write press releases and send them to the local media with updates and progress reports. I will also continue updating the website www.gds-bonham.org with playground news, financial information and other updates. If you are on Facebook, be sure to like our page: Powder Creek Park Community Playground. Follow us on Twitter @PowderCreekPlay. And of course, all are welcome to come to our planning meetings. Once our next meeting is set, I will be sure to let you know!
#6 Oct 1, 2013
The kids of Bonham deserve a playground like the one that will be built in March. There are many ways you could help if you choose. However, if it's not your thing, that's ok too. Even if you don't want to stand with us in support, we'd just ask that you not stand against us. I mean, it's a kids playground being built by volunteers. What's the harm in that? If you are getting information that makes you concerned, feel free to contact these ladies. They can answer any question you have.
#7 Oct 7, 2013
It is nice to see positive things happening in the community.
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