The Norman Transcript

September 5, 2013

Playground in a day


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — On a spring morning in 1999, hundreds of volunteers left their day jobs to strap on tool belts and blitz-build a community playground at Norman’s Reaves Park.

The 13,000-square-foot “KidSpace” remains a popular attraction at the regional park and is testament to what an inspired community can build.

Those same dynamics will be at work in south Oklahoma City this week. Volunteers, with the help of KaBoom!, will construct a playground for displaced students of Moore’s Briarwood Elementary School.

Site preparations will begin today, and the project should be completed Saturday afternoon, ready for school on Monday.

The playground will be built at Emmaus Baptist Church on South Western Avenue, the temporary home to Briarwood students. Their school was destroyed by the May 20 tornado.

An area pastor said when the project was announced, he quickly had more volunteers than he needed. Materials were donated. Nike, Moore Public Schools, Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church and other groups are supplying the manpower.

After the students move back to their rebuilt school, the playground will remain for the church and nearby Baptist Children’s Home.