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Volunteers, tools still needed for community-built playground project

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In the spirit of an old-fashioned barn raising, community members will come together next week to raise a playground.

Construction will begin on Fort Wildflower in Flower Mound next Tuesday, and the project is still in need of helping hands, and lots of them.

Approximately 3,500 shifts need to be filled during Build Week, September 11-15.

There are three, four-hour shifts per day in the areas of construction, childcare, preparing and distributing build materials, serving meals and supplying water to volunteers, or creating artwork for the playground.

No construction experience is necessary and all volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.  Sign-up to volunteer at www.fortwildflower.com.

Mary Kay Walker, a member of the Fort Wildflower steering committee, said that tools are also needed, from 3/8 inch hand drills, circular saws, jigsaws, wheelbarrows, to post hole diggers.

Residents can loan their tools to the effort by dropping them off at the Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Road, during regular business hours.  All tools will be labeled and returned to their owners in the same, or better, working condition.

If you or your business can help with any of these items, send an e-mail to r.pw@verizon.net.

Walker said that Fort Wildflower will be much more than your typical playground.

“It is going to be an inclusive playground, which will have features for autistic children. It will have a separate tot area and an area for older kids. It will have a special swing for handicapped children.”

Walker also reported that many of the scheduled meals and drinks have been accounted for thanks to the following entities: Agave Azul restaurant, Campbell Soup, Chick-fil-A, Cotton Patch Café, FairLease, Market Street, McAllister’s Deli, Mini Mart, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pepsico Co., Schlotsky’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, Starbucks, the Summit Club, Swirl Bakery, and Texas Roadhouse.

If your business would like to donate food service during Build Week, contact Walker at amkwalker@verizon.net or call 972.355.4037.

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