Carbon volunteers rally in support of constructing community park in Price
|Volunteers cut supports Monday as construction started on the park.|
The Dino-Mine Adventure Park got off to a fast start on Monday as local volunteers signed in and began to work on constructing the project.
The park will take about a week to complete if all goes as planned. A celebration to open the park is slated on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
However, the volunteer effort from the community will have to remain strong if completion is to be realized on Sept. 16.
"We had over a hundred people slated to show up this morning," said Kathy Murray, who is in charge of the volunteer effort at the park. "But we need about 125 per four hour shift all week to get the park done."
Murray said the project had strong participation at the beginning, but sign ups decreased toward the end of the week.
"We need many, many people to volunteer if this project is to get done by Saturday," stated Murray. "If people want to volunteer, they can now just come to the park, sign up and go to work."
The Dino-Mine playground will be part of Terrace Hills Park, located on 700 North near 1000 East in Price.
The idea to build a playground park began when College of Eastern Utah journalism instructor Susan Polster was driving through Fruit Heights in northern Utah with her grandchildren. Polster stopped to let the kids play in a theme playground park. She realized building a playground in Price might be a good idea.
After doing some research, Polster found out there were hundreds of theme parks around the country and most of the playgrounds had been built by volunteer labor.
Polster brought the idea to Price Councilmember Jeanne McEvoy and the pair began to enlist people to organize a fundraising effort for the park.
During the past few months, the community has contributed thousands of dollars for the project. One anonymous donor contributed $50,000 to the fund. After the county's special service district allocated $75,000, the committee neared the goal of raising $200,000 for the park.
Materials were purchased and excavation for the park began a couple of weeks ago with a ground breaking.
Residents who arrived Monday morning found they were starting on the park's construction. The Carbon High football team dug the holes for posts and placed most of the supports during the weekend. Other volunteers worked on Sunday to complete the preliminary work.
Because the fundraising has gone so well, the committee has begun to plan a second stage on the project.
The problem isn't money, it is the time people can contribute to help build the park.
Murray said a lot of people pre-registered to volunteer, but a mailing that went out to the people about the hours they had signed up for had a computer glitch.
"We sent out these cards, but the schedule that appears on each card is for the next person down the list and not for the person whose name is printed on it," said Murray on Monday. "I am asking people to ignore those cards and to just come down and volunteer at the times they know they have signed up for."
Organizers are asking residents to sign up for four-hour shifts. People can volunteer for more hours or work all week. But the standard shifts are 8 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. until dark.
"We are only asking people to contribute a little time," said McEvoy. "They don't have to work all week. Just one shift will help us a lot."