NORMAN — It was a cold spring March day in 1999, much like this past Saturday, when hundreds of volunteers descended on Reaves Park. Their collective mission was to build a massive playground.
They wouldn’t leave until KidSpace was complete and the children of Norman had a new playground on March 28, 1999.
In hindsight, my response to the volunteer coordinator’s question about my experience with power tools should have come with more hesitation. Sure, I said, “Tool Time” is my favorite television show.
He didn’t get my humor and instead handed me a “skilled” tag and directions to a table saw where I must have cut 5,000 slats to put on the sides of the massive toy. My right arm has never been the same.
Many of those same volunteers will be on site Saturday morning as a makeover is planned for the massive structure that my children never got tired of.
The playground will be closed Monday through March 31 as city crews complete some prep work on the wood and steel structure. Volunteers will be sanding and sealing and replacing some of the wood chips beneath the structure.
“Safety for the kids is our primary concern while we prepare the playground site for the volunteer event”, said Bill Ulch, Park Superintendent. “We will be using some heavy equipment to bring materials in during the week and want the area to be safe for everyone.”
The Kidspace Re-generation volunteer event is scheduled to begin at Reaves Park at 8 a.m. Saturday March 29th and continue through Sunday March 30th.
Volunteers are still needed to do sanding, minor carpentry work, apply waterproof sealing and replace safety surfacing.
There will be food and drinks provided for all volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to register by going to normanfun.com and clicking on the Kidspace Logo, or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 366-5472.