Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 1:02 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Playground work continues

Again, a great big thank you to each of you who helped with the new playground at Karen Hornaday Park. And a short update.

At the new playground, there were three play components that were not installed in time for the grand opening: track ride (aka zip-line), adaptive swing and bouncy frog (in tot lot). Rest assured, they will all be installed.

Also, some of you may have missed a few things. The spin toy, digger (in tot lot) and marimba all are under repair and will return better able to withstand enthusiastic use.

Id like to publicly thank each parent, child, community member and business owner who has come up to me with concerns about the new park (including playground, ball fields, campground, day use/barbecue area, parking, road, security, potential vandalism). Each of your concerns is a testament to the essence of a community-built playground.

A fair amount of concern has been expressed about vandalism. Let it be known that there is very little to report. Upon a walk-through the day after the build, we found a piece of the Little Village (in tot lot) was pulled off. It appeared to be an accidental break, as the missing piece (a peace sign) was tucked neatly beside the structure.

The other disturbance at the new playground was that Adam and Kim decided that the twisty slide was theirs, by carving their names inside of it. If you know them, let them know that Bob and Pam Brant personally sponsored that piece of equipment (to the tune of $3,000) for their two darling granddaughters. It also took many hands to get it into place.

If youve not noticed, take a walk through the playground seeking out the sponsor plaque for each piece of equipment. Then, go thank your friend, neighbor or local business owner for sponsoring all those great toys.

Even in the afterglow of Build Week, there is ongoing work to be done; look out for a work day this fall. Also know that the Homer Playground Project, HoPP, has committed to adopting the playground for the first year. We aim for another sponsor next year, and an annual Karen Hornaday Park work day each year in order to maintain the wonderful improvements that you all have made.

See you at the park.

Deb Cox