- St. Andrew's Episcopal Academy
- St. Anastasia Catholic School
- Design Day Celebration
- Great Saturday Night Photos
- November 8 Mid-Day
- Old Kids' Crossing Torn Down
- Rotary Rocks!
- Monday Morning
- Ribbon Cutting
Kids' Crossing Playground Is Open For All To Enjoy
|Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, along with the hard-working Steering Committee members, dedicated Captains, volunteers, elected officials, donors, and dignitaries, held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on November 20th to officially re-open the playground.|
Additionally, the City of Fort Pierce presented a Proclamation in honor of the volunteers to Joey Trefelner, the project's General Coordinator, at a City Commission meeting on December 2nd, with fellow Steering Committee members proudly in attendance. Since the playground has been officially re-opened, the outpouring of positive feedback has been sensational. The playground, which was designed by local children, has already been enjoyed by hundreds of children, along with their families and friends.
Building this community gathering place, which will last fifty years, was no small feat. Steering committee members Bruce Abernethy, Jr., Monique Bruhn, Douglas Davis, Michelle Franklin, Melinda Gonano, Bud Holmes, Joe Lott, Frankie Lott, Erik Melville, Julia Melville, Stephen Neill, Tom Perona, Sarah Pride, Natasha Santoro, Holly Theuns, and Jennifer M. Trefelner, have been strategically planning this endeavor for more than one year.
The monumental task could not have been done without the tireless efforts of the construction Captains. These volunteers worked 14-hours per day, for 5 days, and were tasked with coordinating thousands of volunteers on-site. The dedicated Captains Bruce Abernathy, Bud Holmes, Tom Perona, Bob Benton, Clay Schumann, Glen Bounty, Linda Sampson, Derek Fogal, Jack Crumbo, Dan Noelke, Earl Gordon, and Marcel Bergeron, are to commended for their support to this project.
Additionally, the playground could not have been built without the churches, civic organizations, businesses, youth groups, schools, and local volunteers who helped to coordinate fundraisers and helped to build the playground, which many call a work-of-art. Approximately $250,000 was raised throughout the past year to build the playground, which will be an asset to several generations.
"They say it takes a community to build a playground such as this, but I say, this playground helped to build our community," remarked General Coordinator Joey Trefelner. Please visit the website, www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com or the group's facebook page to view pictures from the build and from the past year.
Attention all Kids' Crossing Playground Volunteers!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Each of you are amazing! Your generosity of time, talents, and treasure for the past year has been so heart-warming. Building an 11,000 square-foot gathering place for generations of families to enjoy for 50-years is such an accomplishment! This could not have been done without YOU! Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 4:00 PM for a special photo shoot at the playground, as we celebrate our accomplishments! After we take the photos, we can let the kids (and frisky adults) play on the playground and check out our handiwork that we have each worked so hard on for the past several days.
Thank you again for your support and please make plans to join us for a special photo session to commemorate the one-of-a-kind playground that you helped to create! Kindly spread the word and share this announcement with all those who helped to build the 2013 Kids' Crossing Playground!
Dear 1993 Kids' Crossing Playground Friends,
Just in case you haven't heard yet - the Kids' Crossing Creative Playground is being rebuilt this November! The playground facility that was built in 1993 with your help had a 20 year life - and although it is hard to believe - 20 years has passed!
A brand new 19,000 square foot playground has been designed and will be built by volunteers (like you?) from November 7, 2013 to November 12, 2013. We sure hope that you, your family and friends will lend a hand in the rebuild. Please sign up on our website, through the "Sign Up Genius Link."
A "Party in the Park" has been scheduled for September 7, 2013 at the existing playground. There will be food, drink and entertainment for adults and for children and we hope to generate lots of excitement and momentum for the project! As a past supporter of the Kids Crossing Creative Playground you are most certainly invited to attend this fun event!
As an original "Picket Purchaser" in 1993, you have the opportunity to claim your picket(s) when the current playground is razed to make way for the new facility. If you sign up in advance for a "Picket Pick-Up" using the enclosed form, your 1993 picket(s) will be held for your pick-up during the November rebuild.
You can order your new pickets - ones that will last for 40 or more years as a part of the new playground, by completed the form on our website, www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com. New pickets are limited to the first 400 ordered - and they are going fast!! We encourage you to reserve yours NOW!!
We look forward to seeing you at the playground!!
Donations can also be made online, or by mailing a check payable to "Kids Crossing, Inc." to 130 South Indian River Drive, Suite #201, Fort Pierce 34950. Kids' Crossing Playground is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.
The committee looks forward to working with the hundreds of volunteers, donors, children, and families in the area, who have already expressed interest to make this dream become a reality. The playground will be a special gathering place everyone will enjoy for several decades, and a positive experience for all those involved, just as it was when originally built in 1993.