It’s done! Delridge Playground-building report #2

After less than five hours of work, involving more than 200 volunteers, after months of preparation, Delridge Community Center‘s brand-new playground is done! The closing ceremony for the day is moments away. More to come; our earlier coverage is here. (But remember, the playground isn’t immediately usable – its official opening will be next Thursday night, but we’ll be asking whether it’ll be put into unofficial use sooner.) ADDED 3:10 PM: Answer to that is “no,” so far. Meantime, the best shot at day’s end:

We asked the folks from North Delridge – the ones who’d been pursuing a better playground in other ways before this opportunity presented itself, the ones who keep working to improve their neighborhood bit by bit – to stop for a second and pose for a group photo. (After which, we hope they have all gone home for a big glass of ice water, or something.) Here, meantime, is a different angle on the brand-new playground they and other West Seattle families will be enjoying in a few days:

Yet more visuals from the day to be added later, including the big group shot of all the volunteers, and video of the ribbon-cutting, which actually involved some of the kids tearing up a paper chain! 3:43 PM: But first – the DJ, who kept high-energy music going and got a big shout-out at the end (and the loudest applause):

And the guy who led Team Elmo – couldn’t resist a closer look.

We were curious about exactly how KaBOOM! works, so we looked online for a third-party analysis. Found this, just in case you were curious too.

21 Replies to "It's done! Delridge Playground-building report #2"

  • love it July 17, 2009 (2:44 pm)

    BEAUTIFUL! Love the colors! Good job everyone!!

  • Kathy July 17, 2009 (3:02 pm)

    SO glad it’s done! Way to go and big thumbs up to all the volunteers and other folks who made this possible. We can’t wait to play!

  • Cheryl July 17, 2009 (3:24 pm)

    Oh wow! It looks SOOooooooOOO great! Good job to all the volunteers and donors. :-)

  • Pete July 17, 2009 (3:41 pm)

    Congrats to everyone involved. Yet another example of what neighbors can do when they come together with a purpose and a plan. When our city government, private business and neighborhoods come together with one purpose in mind….make our community a better place to live. Just think of what our Delridge Community Center will look like after we complete the skate park and put down the synthetic turf over the sand field next to this new playground. Makes you proud to call Delridge home doesn’t it?

  • ann July 17, 2009 (3:44 pm)

    Looks great. 200+ people? I’m impressed! Thanks.

  • Hillary July 17, 2009 (3:54 pm)

    This looks so fantastic. What a wonderful and uplifting manifestation of planning, community, and teamwork. We can’t wait to go check it out!

  • alki_2008 July 17, 2009 (4:07 pm)

    You’re welcome. The heat definitely added a layer of difficulty. Whew! However, please stay off the playground equipment until next week…as the cement needs time to settle.

  • Lisa K July 17, 2009 (5:06 pm)

    That was FUN. Go team Fish!! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help. Today, volunteers not only installed beautiful new playground equipment and fun kid art to go with it, but they also made planter boxes and worm bins for kids’ gardening projects, erected peace poles and some whimsical “directional” signage, spruced up the landscaping around the center, widened and resurfaced the trails to the wading pool area, made cubbies for the interior of the center, and more. What a wonderful showing of support for Delridge. Thank you KaBOOM!, Bank of America, Seattle Parks and Rec., the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, and the planning team, especially Betsy, Holli, Parie, Chris, Fran and everyone else who worked SO HARD on this. You all are fabulous! Go Delridge!

  • Holli July 17, 2009 (5:51 pm)

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today during a momentous event for our neighborhood. I’ve created a flickr group for everyone to share their photos.

  • peter nelson July 17, 2009 (5:54 pm)

    Well done everyone! Things like this make me so proud to live in this community

  • WSB July 17, 2009 (5:55 pm)

    We have a Flickr group too at West Seattle Blog but admittedly haven’t used it much. But if anyone tags their photos to that too, we’ll be publishing a followup sometime this weekend as the Digital Darkroom interns who are working with us (a Delridge Community Center project, in fact) were scheduled to be taking photos and I’m sure they have some great angles we don’t have, as many others likely do too … TR

  • Meredith Blache July 17, 2009 (6:04 pm)

    We bought our house across the street from the playground when it was first build 14 years ago when our girls were toddlers. Now they are teens and we are selling our house. I know any new family buying our home will enjoy the “new” play ground as much as we did. We will miss this neighborhood greatly. I hope everyone enjoys the new beautiful playground. It looks great from our living room! MB

  • Andy July 17, 2009 (6:15 pm)

    I had the honor of leading Team Snowflake. What a wonderful event! Special props to my team who did such a great job biilding two worm bins.

  • Sue Thatcher (Mackenzie Codini's Grandma) July 17, 2009 (7:01 pm)

    I’m so proud of you and your Dad for helping making your park a place you can be happy playing in and can’t wait to see it when we come to visit in August!!

  • Nancy F. July 17, 2009 (7:05 pm)

    Ditto props and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make build day happen. It took a lot of hard work and excellent planning. The neighborhood volunteers–Betsy, Holli, Parie, Chris, Fran–worked tirelessly with their partners at KaBOOM! and the Bank of America Foundation. Both of those partners have a ton of expertise at this and everyone from BofA and KaBOOM! were tremendous to work along side. Thanks!

  • mona July 17, 2009 (7:39 pm)

    Big kudos to everyone! My son had no interest in the wading pool once he saw the playground. We can’t wait until it’s open. He’s a big fan already.

  • Nancy F. July 18, 2009 (8:19 am)

    WSB: Do you want us to add photos to the group? Or tag our photos with something particular?

  • WSB July 18, 2009 (8:58 am)

    Adding a photo to the group probably best. I admittedly don’t use Flickr much and am not familiar with its tagging conventions. But if you have a suggestion for what would work best for YOU – that’s probably optimal … TR

  • T. George Yasutake (DJSureal) July 18, 2009 (1:34 pm)

    As the DJ for the event and a staff member at Delridge, I was impressed with the way everyone coalesced and gelled to make this whole project happen. I remember seeing an empty lot at the beginning of the day and look up from the turntables around 2 to see it all completed. I was amazed at how much can be done in a half a day. It was also beautiful to see that people came from all over and from various backgrounds to help get this project get accomplished.


  • Mary Shapiro July 20, 2009 (7:37 pm)

    WAY TO GO TEAM! Fish rocked the waters—and our always grinning Steve won BEST LEADER at the end of the day :) It was an honor to work side by side with sooo many dedicated folks. I was amazed at how much we accomplished in the first Hour!

    DO COME BACK THURSDAY! to hear Patricia and I play some songs, to see KIDS PLAY! and CELEBRATE your good work :)

    Peace from Mary
    the touring musician from Washington DC

  • Mary Shapiro July 20, 2009 (7:40 pm)

    PS I “lost” 2 percussion instruments:
    an egg shaker and a bracelet-like string of “goats’toes”…any tips? please contact me:

    thanks and Peace

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