KENNEWICK, Wash. With gloves, goggles, and paint brushes, 175 youth from the Richland, Walla Walla, and Kennewick East Washington stakes went to work March 16 to refurbish the Playground of Dreams a giant wooden toy fashioned after a castle in Kennewick.
The Parks and Recreation Department needed to find a large group to re-stain the 12,000-square-foot wood structure in a single afternoon, so that the popular playground wouldn't have to be closed to the public any longer than necessary.
The youth and adult leaders finished the task in about two hours. Sue Beitlich from Facilities and Grounds Volunteer Projects said of the youth: "When you get a group of 175 kids together for a project, you never know how it is going to turn out. We found the group to be very cooperative and willing to work, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves at the same time. It was also fun to see that these teenagers weren't too cool to play on the swings and toys after they were all done with their work."