Volunteers Needed to Build Playground at 29th and West

first_imgA concrete slab will be covered by a soft surface and then equipment as a new playground takes shape May 15 to 18 at 29th Street and West Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, as part of the Sandy Ground Project.Volunteers will begin to build a new playground at 29th Street and West Avenue after a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15.Everybody is invited to help in constructing the playground at any time Thursday, Friday or Saturday. No pre-registration is necessary. The project is expected to be complete in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 18.The work will be part of the Sandy Ground Project, an effort to rebuild playgrounds that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and to pay tribute to the 26 teachers and children killed soon after in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.Ocean City Firefighters FMBA Local 27 and the Ocean City gift shops Old Salt and Sting Ray helped to bring the project to Ocean City.Ocean City’s playground will be named for Benjamin Wheeler, a 6-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012.Bill Lavin and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association started Sandy Ground and partnered with businesses, volunteer and non-profit organizations to help fund and construct a playground in memory of each Sandy Hook victim.Ocean City’s will be the 22nd of 26 planned playgrounds and will be named for Benjamin Wheeler, a 6-year-old first-grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.The Wheeler family will be in town for the groundbreaking, and another son, Nate, will be honorary foreman of the job, according to John Murphy, president of FMBA Local 27.The entire cost of the project (including an estimated $70,000 to $75,000 of material) is a paid for by the Sandy Ground Foundation. The work will be completed by volunteers with the help of construction companies.Sandy damaged the 29th Street firehouse, adjacent to the playground site, and the city faces as much as $750,000 in repairs to fix the existing building and add a new elevated living quarters next door. But the project is not expected to cut into the playground area.For information on how to help or donate, see a Where the Angels Play flyer.Event organizers are looking for support from local merchants in the form of food donations to help feed volunteers on the project days.Donation needs include:Coffee/Donuts/light breakfast for ground breakingFood donation for lunch for 100 volunteersPaper Products/trash and refrigerationFood donations for core group of Angels Army (approx 20 people) for each day For further information or to donate to the Ocean City project, please call Laurie Howey Taylor at 609-525-9285 or email: [email protected]last_img

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