Roxhill Castle, as day 4 ends: ‘We need more help!’

November 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 14 Comments

The guy in the navy sweatshirt and blue jeans in the center of that photo from the Roxhill Castle community-build site, about an hour ago, is Barry. He’s from Leathers and Associates, which made the play equipment volunteers are putting up, the replacement for a beloved structure that L&A also made, and that was also community-built back in the mid-’90s. He’s the guy who knows how it’s going, we were told. His summary: “We need more help. Tell people to get down here. One more day.” Volunteers have been working their hearts out, but they’re a cavalry, when this is a big-enough project for an army:

What happens if not enough show up? we asked Barry. “It won’t be as nice as it could be,” he replied, gruffly (his nickname is “Barry the Barracuda,” we learned). So if you can possibly spare some time tomorrow – help make sure it IS as nice as it could be; everybody who is and has been there has labored mightily toward that goal:

The playground is on the 29th SW side of the park, south of Barton, across from the south side of Westwood Village. Just show up – once they’re done for the evening, they’ll be starting up again around 8 am.

14 Comments

  1. Can they put up a sign that says ” volunteers needed this way” I drove by there today and had no idea what was going on.

    Comment by resident3 — 7:41 pm November 5, 2012 #

  2. There is a tent toward the south side of the site that has a big banner “CHECK IN” … Look for the tents/canopies in that direction.

    Comment by WSB — 7:55 pm November 5, 2012 #

  3. resident3 – Please make that sign! Anything to help direct more people to lend a hand. Thanks!

    Comment by Mike D. — 8:07 pm November 5, 2012 #

  4. Just wondering as I’ve wondered from other city park and school sites projects – does someone inspect the work when its done?

    Comment by BMC — 8:15 pm November 5, 2012 #

  5. Way to go everyone who is working so hard on this!! Seriously, it looks so good and I love that so many people have donated snacks and time and cash!! One more reason on my list of many that I LOVE our little community!!

    Comment by JeriO — 8:30 pm November 5, 2012 #

  6. Such good people. The sheer amount of selfless giving by everyone involved, too many to list right now, has been stunning. Every day has been a privilege to be a part of.
    .
    BMC, the city will do a number of inspections. The first one is tomorrow.
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    One more day. One more day to build, one more day of community, one more day to experience this fellowship. You can be a part. 9200 29th Ave SW, across the street from Target.
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    Not one single act of generosity has been wasted. All usable materials are saved, all tools are destined for the community through the tool library, all extra food is donated at the end of each day. Can I ask for one more thing? There is a donation barrel for the White Center Food Bank at the site. I’d love to send it back full (Thanksgiving is in a few weeks, this is a very important time to give). Please bring a gift of food. Thanks.

    Comment by mcbride — 10:22 pm November 5, 2012 #

  7. get down there tomorrow!

    even one or a couple of hours makes huge progress, and it is honestly a great time.

    and a shout out to matt, whitney and of course, barry. you guys rock it.

    Comment by low bridge — 11:05 pm November 5, 2012 #

  8. Do you know how late they are staying out there working? How many days do they need volunteer help? I would love to help but need to factor it into my schedule.

    Comment by Barbara — 3:04 am November 6, 2012 #

  9. Barbara, this is the final day of five days of construction. They’ve needed help every day, as has been publicized, but today to get it done, it’s absolutely critical. I know they’ve been working into the evening – someone else hopefully can say exactly how late. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 7:00 am November 6, 2012 #

  10. @Barbara – Today is last day. Barry takes the Red Eye back to NY this evening. I think it will be critical to be there at any point. Not only is there still building, but then site break down. Clean up, getting tools back to rightful owners. All hands are needed today for sure! Thanks to all Roxstars :)

    Comment by Amanda — 9:01 am November 6, 2012 #

  11. I’m helping to put together a quick video of their efforts!

    http://youtu.be/nxA2SEkK6qs

    Hope this helps gets more volunteers for our final day – Today!

    Comment by BrassyMomma — 9:02 am November 6, 2012 #

  12. Forgive me – re edit will be available in a bit. Otherwise, enjoy what we have to show! :)

    Comment by BrassyMomma — 10:12 am November 6, 2012 #

  13. I had a free hour and a half today, and was able to go down and make a small difference. It felt SO GOOD to be a part of this community effort, and I am incredibly grateful to the organizers and volunteers that are doing all the heavy lifting. We heart you!

    Comment by Morgan Junction Mom — 2:39 pm November 6, 2012 #

  14. Thanks, MJM!!!!

    Comment by WSB — 3:16 pm November 6, 2012 #

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