One of the great things about a community-built playground is that everyone who helps build it feels a sense of ownership over it, and a desire to protect it.
If you think about it, that only makes sense. When you use your own two hands to build something great, you want to make sure it's taken care of. A community-built playground is more than just a place to play - it becomes YOUR playground when you help to put it together.
People who worked on the Enterprise Center playground in Philadelphia sure felt that way. Since the build, which was funded by The Home Depot Foundation and took place last August, people who helped build the playground have been doing inspections and locking and unlocking the gate each day. Plus, their community association has started hosting clean ups, planting days and various fun community events at the playground.
The great thing about it was that everyone was involved in the build, from kids to seniors. Local teens designed the mural, and senior citizens came out with their lawn chairs and helped to pour lemonade and do what they could to be involved in the day. The Y up the street and a nearby school were all engaged in the process, and a summer camp program of young kids made 1’ x 1’ murals. It goes to show everybody can - and should - contribute.