By Kristin Rover
Despite a rainy afternoon, more than two dozen volunteers came out to help build a playground at the Batavia Township Community Center Oct. 3.
“It’s going good,” Administrator Rex Parsons said during the build. “The weather has been a challenge, but we have a great group of volunteers.”
Parsons said the playground arrived in a semi tractor trailer in many different pieces.
He said approximately 30 volunteers worked throughout the day to put together those pieces and then install the playground on the site located back behind the baseball fields at the park.
Local business owners, residents, sheriff’s office deputies, service department employees and township trustees Bill Dowdney, Randy Perry and Jim Sauls worked together to complete the project.
Paul Marion, a township resident, said he decided to volunteer because he wanted to help out the community.
Kevin Haley, a volunteer, said during the build that everything is going well except for the rain.
Lunch was provided for volunteers during the event and Sweet Frog also provided frozen yogurt for volunteers.
Parsons said they still have some work to do after the volunteers help.
“After the pieces are together then we will add concrete,” Parsons said about the process. “Then do the draining, then mulch.”
This was the second time the township has recruited volunteers to help build a playground. Approximately 10 volunteers helped township officials build the first playground at the township.
In August, trustees approved the purchase of the second playground, a larger one, to be built in a different area of the community center park.
The playground features activities for children 5-12 years old including multiple slides, climbing areas for older children as well as a separate play area for younger children.
Parsons said having volunteers put together the playground saves the township about $10,000 in labor.
Trustees are hoping to have the playground finished by the end of October.
Parsons said they are planning to have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new playground once it is complete.