Thousands of volunteers at Twin Lakes prove that it takes a community to build a playground

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2007

After 10 days of construction, thousands of volunteer-hours and years of planning, Project Playground was 99 percent complete on Saturday.

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The playground at Twin Lakes should be ready for kids by late this week, organizers said.

More volunteers are needed today and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Think its starts and stops at monkey bars? Think again. The elaborate play areas include many different components, from quirky tunnels and nets to bridges and slides.

How did the workers put it all together? With 77,000 screws.

Which day had the most volunteers? May 19 had a whopping 480.

How did the organizers finance everything? With donations that reached almost half a million dollars.

It's been a great show of support, organizers said.

The Juneau Empire talked to the coordinators about the little details behind the big picture. Here's a look at Project Playground by the numbers:

Funds raised

• Total cash: $491,939.

• In-kind donations: $36,270

• Fence picket donations: $46,705.

• Playground equipment sponsorships: $114,795.

• See the list of donors at www.juneauplayground.com.

Volunteers

Total number by day

• Tuesday, May 15 - 337.

• Wednesday, May 16 - 387.

• Thursday, May 17 - 281.

• Friday, May 18 - 384.

• Saturday, May 19 - 480.

• Tuesday, May 22 - 289.

• Wednesday, May 23 - 366.

• Thursday, May 24 - 343.

• Friday, May 25 - 439.

• Saturday, May 26 - N/A.

Seventeen captains worked each week, including five who worked both weeks, for a total of 29 captains.

Places to play

Project Playground features 59 components and play areas that had business sponsors. The tire swing, for example, raised $1,500. Here are a few of the others:

• Whale Tail Entry - $25,000.

• Ice Castle - $25,000.

• Tree House - $15,000.

• Tree Fort Curly Slide - $4,000.

• Tube Slide - $2,500.

• Little Mining Town - $2,000.

• Fish Ladder - $1,500.

• Wave Slide - $1,400.

• Monkey Bars - $750.

• Wiggle Beam - $450.

Thirsty work

Volunteers drank:

• 45 five-gallon jugs of water.

• 1,900 bottles of water.

• 2,000 cups of coffee (and ate 1,500 doughnuts.)

Breakdown of supplies

On the Web

• To view video footage from Project Playground, click here to start video..

• For photographs, visit http://spotted.juneauempire.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=330692.

• 905 pounds of nails.

• 77,000 galvanized deck screws.

• 1,992 washers.

• Nine truck tires.

• Nine tractor tires.

• 122 gallons of wood sealer.

• Hundreds of tools.

• 28,130 square feet of geotextile groundcover.

• 12,380 square feet of shredded rubber surfacing.

• 1,240 plastic fence pickets.

• 6,954 feet of plastic lumber.

• 24,000 feet of wood-plastic composite lumber.

• 36,678 feet of pine lumber.



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