Waverly Playground Begins Rebuilding

April 20, 2009|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

The call is out for energetic community volunteers to rebuild the popular Waverly playground destroyed by an arsonist last year.

"We need at least 1,000 persons to step forward," said Marisa Canino, president of Friends of Our Playground. "The fire was a senseless act of arson and we instantly moved to start rebuilding. I can't belive we are so close."

Work crews began preliminary regrading and site work last week.

The once-popular playing area - north of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center YMCA at Stadium Place, the former location of the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street - burned Sept. 10.

A community-led volunteer effort has been set for the week of May 3. Completion is slated for May 10.

"The night after the fire, more than 200 people came together outside the playground to mourn and commit to rebuilding," said Sara Milstein, spokeswoman for the Y of Central Maryland. "The rebuilding is very much a collaboration between the Y and community groups."

YMCA officials said that in 2005, the 1,700-square-foot playground was built over nine days with more than 3,000 volunteers.

HELP NEEDED

Helpers are needed to rebuild a Waverly playground destroyed by fire.

* Volunteers can work a few hours a day or for the week of May 3

* Children ages 10 to 13 can help a parent or guardian. Child care for younger kids will be available

* Builders, food servers, caregivers for children of the builders and greeters are sought.

* No special skills required

information: www.stadiumplayground.org or 443-756-6198

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