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Play space's ‘Build Week’ begins

Krystle Wagner • Oct 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

First thing Tuesday morning, volunteers got to work to make the new play space at Grand Haven’s Mulligan’s Hollow take shape.

As the Reimagine Project’s “Build Week” got underway, volunteers back-filled post holes with sand in preparation for concrete and worked on other projects for the new play space, which children designed to be inclusive for all ages and abilities.

The new play space will replace the nearly 30-year-old Imagination Station.

See related photo gallery: Build Week Day 1.

Project co-chairman Chris Streng said the first day also served as a preparation day. He also noted the weather this week has so far been cooperative for building.

Throughout the week, representatives from Leathers and Associates will be at the site to provide guidance to volunteers.

Alumni from the original Imagination Station project will receive pink bandanas. The volunteers in the first project wore pink shirts.

The project’s other co-chairperson, Kristi Streng, said it was amazing to see everyone’s smiles and the excitement at “Build Week.”

“Everyone is here for a common goal and to make it happen,” she said.

Cal Dozeman was among the Herman Miller employees who volunteered Tuesday. Dozeman said he felt “fantastic” being involved and enjoyed working outdoors with fellow volunteers.

“It’s all about the kids,” he added.

While growing up, Christian Bloemers visited and played on the Imagination Station during the summer months. Her 4-year-old daughter also had the opportunity to play on the structure. Although Bloemers said his daughter was sad to see it removed, the young girl was excited after seeing the new space’s design.

Bloemers, also from Herman Miller, said he liked that his company supports the project and that he personally helped play a role in his community.

Local students had a role in designing the new play space and they’re continuing to play a role throughout “Build Week.” Youth groups, service groups and local students are participating in lending a hand alongside parents and participating in other projects. Children at the off-site care center are also participating in related projects.

On Tuesday, a group of Lakeshore Middle School students made “thank you” cards, developed ideas for “storefronts” that will be included in the new play space and created posters from student designs that will go into the time capsule. 

Seventh-grader Bella DiCenso said being involved was “a lot of fun.”

“It’s great to help our community,” she said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can still sign up at gh-reimagine.org/volunteers/.

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