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TCC Playground Build Week Set for October 22-27
September 5, 2013 - By Kelly Rockwell
PHOTO BY KELLY ROCKWELL
Lee Archin from Play By Design and Playground Coordintor Nonie Shore consult on the blue print plans for the new playground at the Topanga Community Club.
Contractors and skilled trades people from around the Canyon met at the Topanga Community Club (TCC) on August 26 to review the final plans for the new playground that will be built October 22-27.
It was really encouraging to see such a great turnout of willing talent, said playground coordinator Nonie Shore. In true Topanga style, we are depending on our community to build this playground and theyre already showing us that were going to get it done.
Over the course of the day, the team reviewed the logistics of removing the existing playground and prepping the site for the new design.
Playground architect Lee Archin from the playground firm, Play By Design, is excited.
The greatest sense I got was from the meeting this morning. It was so encouraging to me, a great reflection [of the community spirit]. This is what people do for a living and seeing them here today is a good sign that theyre behind this.
The only pre-fabricated parts of the playground are the new slides and individual equipment pieces such as swings and rings. It will be up to teams of 50 volunteers for three shifts a day to complete the structure, which is stick built using raw materials. Teams of volunteers will be responsible for everything from the ground up.
Each step of the way, their work will be overseen by Archin and a colleague from Play By Design, as well as Topanga site coordinators, Roy Miles and TCC President Mark Nygard, who added, Its going to be awesome to bring our community together to build this playground.
PHOTO BY KELLY ROCKWELL
From left, Lee Archin from Play By Design, Nonie
Shore,Mark Nygard, and Ron “RD” Denend look
over the current playground to determine just
how the new design will work. Build week is
scheduled for October 22-27.
We invite the whole community to get involved. You dont have to be a builder to do this. Its a cool process, said Archin.
There are many things that need to be collected leading up to build week, among them, bars of Ivory soap, empty coffee cans and gallon jugs to hold small parts such as screws and bolts. Donations can be brought to the Topanga Farmers Market from 9-1 p.m. on Fridays before building starts, or to the TCC general membership meetings on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
Tools are also needed, which will be returned in as good or better condition than they were when loaned. A complete list of tools needed for the build is available on the playground website: www.topangasonlyplayground.com.
This project follows in the tradition of the Topanga Community Club and embodies its mission, which, among other things, is to upgrade and enhance the Community House and the grounds entrusted to its care.
The Topangans who built this house would be proud of the legacy we are carrying on, added volunteer coordinator Karla Morrison. The children of Topanga helped design it and the adults will build it.
Everyone can be part of this truly amazing project and part of Topanga history by contacting the playground committee via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the main project line, (424) 272-0580 to leave a message.