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Story last updated at 3:49 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Park work party is Saturday

Families First and volunteers are set to party at Bayview Park on Saturday. All are welcome to a work party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help install new equipment and make the park more safe and toddler friendly.

Grant funding from Alaska's Best Beginnings organization, local business donations and parent volunteer efforts have secured a new slide, boulders, two wood bridges, log balance beams, stepping logs and an alder fort for the park.

Organizer Jenny Martin encourages families to bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and buckets for a fun time working and playing at the park. Childcare will be available nearby.

Families First is a partnership with Best Beginnings, a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed.

The effort is a collaboration between Families First, parent volunteers and the city of Homer Parks and Recreation department.

Parents are also working to raise funds to purchase two new toddler swings, including one that is adaptive for disabled children.

For more information, contact Families First coordinator Jenny Martin at 435-7101 or jenny.martin@bbbsak.org.

Path committee holds open house

The Kachemak Drive Nonmotorized Path Committee holds an open house today from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cowles Council Chambers, Homer City Hall, to present ideas and get community suggestions for a bicycle and pedestrian trail along and near Kachemak Drive.

"We want to present it, see what people think — do some brainstorming about what we've come up with," said Parks and Recreation Commission member Bumppo Bremicker.

A committee of the Homer Parks and Recreation Commission, the path committee is looking at several ideas for a trail near the road connecting the Homer Spit and East End Road along Kachemak Bay. One idea is to restripe vehicle lanes and create 3-foot-wide nonmotorized lanes on both sides. Another idea is to connect the Mud Bay beach at the Airport Access Road to the Homer Spit Trail with a trail below the bluff and along the beach.

Donors needed for blood drive

A blood drive will take place in the LIFEmobile from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the Safeway parking lot, sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital. Donors are reminded to eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Bring photo ID which includes birth date or social security number. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling the SPH lab at 235-0338.