An army of volunteers will soon gather at Shillito Park for the 2019 Shillito Playground Community Build, scheduled Sept. 18 – 22.
“Twenty-six years ago, our community came together with Parks and Recreation to build the original playground at Shillito Park, and we’re about to do it again with the help of an army of volunteers from Lexington and surrounding areas,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.
Almost 500 people have already signed up, but more are needed (must be age 10 or older). Volunteers for the weekday evening and weekend shifts are in especially high-demand.
Councilmember Jennifer Mossotti said, “Community involvement in such an important project like the Shillito Park Playground Build affects positive, measurable, memorable change to Lexington. This investment showcases the very best of Lexington … our community spirit and willingness to pitch in together and work side-by-side for a larger purpose.” Mossotti represents the Shillito Park area.
Monica Conrad, Director of Parks and Recreation said the new playground will be similar to the original. “It has a similar sense of space as the original playground, but it will include improvements such as dramatically increased accessibility.” Improved building materials will be used, and the playground is designed so all children can enjoy the facility.
The Community Build project coincides with the United Way of the Bluegrass annual Day of Action. The United Way is partnering with the City to help manage volunteer recruitment and sign-ups. “The Community Playground Build at Shillito Park is a unique opportunity for volunteers to unite around a project that will benefit local youth and families,” said Timothy Johnson, CEO of the United Way of the Bluegrass. “Volunteerism is an important part of United Way of the Bluegrass’ mission, and we are proud to partner with Lexington Parks and Recreation to recruit volunteers and leverage our own staff for this important project. We are excited to see the community come together and take action in support of such a worthy cause.”
For more information regarding the Shillito Playground Community Build and volunteer signups, please visit the City's website.