Volunteers continue work on new play space

Krystle Wagner • Oct 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Volunteers continued to work on the new Imagination Station in Mulligan’s Hollow on Wednesday despite rain most of the day.

Throughout the week, hundreds of volunteers are supplying the manpower to bring it to life during “Build Week.” Volunteers from all ages and backgrounds have lent a hand as they build the play space designed by local children.

While everyone receives a T-shirt for volunteering, those who had participated in building the original Imagination Station will also receive a pink bandana. Volunteers in the build nearly 30 years ago wore pink T-shirts.

Robinson Township resident Randy Holcomb spent Wednesday morning volunteering alongside his 12-year-old grandson, Will Vanderstelt. Holcomb was among the volunteers for the 1990 project.

“I love kids,” he said. “This is for the kids.”

Related: See more photos of “Build Week” at the Tribune photo galleries.

Through the years, 12 of Holcomb’s 18 grandchildren have spent time playing on the Imagination Station. His two great-grandchildren will have an opportunity to play on the new one.

Holcomb said the number of people volunteering and the organization put into “Build Week” amazes him.

“I want kids to be active, and playing is the best way, and people of all ages will play here,” said Diane Veneklasen, who volunteered Wednesday and for the original play space. She said it is “amazing” and “very rewarding” to be involved.

West Olive resident Arden Balkema worked on the play space’s anchor Wednesday morning. One of the volunteer captains, Balkema said he volunteered because he knew they need help and he used to take his daughter to play at the Imagination Station.

As volunteers worked on various projects around the play space, Balkema said it is “amazing to have this many people supporting and working toward the same goal.”

Grand Haven resident Erin Lyon has been involved in the Reimagine Project leading up to and throughout “Build Week.” She said her niece, who is in a wheelchair, will have the opportunity to use the new play space.

“It’s a huge motivator to be part of this,” Lyon said.

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

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