Pomona Park is getting a major facelift in Fruitport! The life expectancy of the older playground equipment really got past it's usefulness and what could be repurposed found it's way to a church so nothing is going to waste or anything and what's to come is not only an improvement of the largest magnitude, it's a modern and inclusive accessible play platform that all can enjoy...and YOU can say you had a part in.
Let's begin with what goes into making a playground happen. An endeavor of this size is a HUGE undertaking for a municipality. The first thing that needs to be understood is that the "old playground" was grandfathered in to the standards that were there when it was put in. The idea of putting in some new swings is so far from reality you'd freak. All the way down to what goes underneath the play equipment has to meet standards set for safety, accessibility and aesthetics. Aesthetics being the last of the priorities. Next, there's the cost. It's not cheap. A community to invest in this kind of project is a heavy investment into the future. Welcoming all regardless of a limitation and making sure that equal access to the fun is there. Then, the idea of keeping everyone happy. We've all seen how easy that is over the last few years, right?
With the advance work all done, and a newer spot not quite as close to the road picked out in the park, here's your chance to get in on the project and it doesn't have to cost you a thing. Fruitport is asking for a hand from members of the community on June 16th, 17th and 18th to assemble this beautiful new structure! What is delivered needs to be assembled and as described, it's not an overly difficult process, but it's a lot. It's kind of like putting together "Ikea Furniture" is how it was phrased and there will be team leaders helping to guide those who can lend a hand to get it all together. It's a volunteer opportunity but with the hand, will come some benefits. They have arranged to feed those who are on hand to help and there will be plenty of refreshing drinks provided through the day as well. What kinds of work? Digging holes, unwrapping equipment, preassembly etc. Work begins at 8a daily and concludes at 5. There's no time commitment and an RSVP is being asked by calling 231-865-3577 or
I met up with Amy Haack, Ann LaCriox and Jen Wolters-Cross at Pomona Park to talk about all of it. Take a listen.
In 10-20 years from now, you will have a story to tell. How you helped build that structure and what all went into community building that day. Grab your service club buddies! Get some of your biker friends together. Need service hours for your church or school group? Here's your sign! Let's all make this an amazing community turn out and put an exclamation point on Pomona Park in Fruitport and say "WE DID THAT", together! Learn more about the project by clicking on the poster below or scan the QR code!