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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Community-wide KaBOOM! build day set for Sept. 22, volunteers asked to RSVP by Friday

  • Last month, it was announced a new playground was going to be built in Gaskins City Park through the co-sponsorship of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, the Harrisburg Park District, the Southern Illinois Community Foundation and a progressive New York-based company called KaBOOM!
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  • Last month, it was announced a new playground was going to be built in Gaskins City Park through the co-sponsorship of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, the Harrisburg Park District, the Southern Illinois Community Foundation and a progressive New York-based company called KaBOOM!
    Over the past several weeks, community members have designed a unique playground structure with the help of KaBOOM! project coordinator Jen Leshnower. The materials needed to build the playground will be provided by KaBOOM! but the structure itself will be built in one day through the coordinated efforts of Harrisburg residents.
    Leshnower said build day will be a "major community-wide event" that will include plenty of water, food and, of course, fun.
    KaBoom advocates a community effort in the building of the playground and Leshnower says there is a role for everyone.
    "On build day there will be a task for everyone," said Leshnower. "We really do want this to be a community event."
    The build event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22, and there are many ways to get involved. Even those who are unable to help with the actual building of the structure can donate food, tools or even entertainment. Wheelbarrows, shovels and metal rakes are among some of the most heavily-needed items for the day.
    The park district is asking for people to RSVP for the event by Friday. Anyone interested in participating in some way should contact Rebecca Wyatt-Meyer at Rmyer@harrisburgpark.net or by calling the park office at (618) 252-2111. Prep-day volunteers are also needed for Sept. 21.
    "This community has been through a lot over the past year," said Leshnower. "This project will hopefully continue to strengthen the fabric of the community."
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