Category : Beautification
“Smile” is not the first would that you would associate with “tarps full of mulch,” but if you were at Hasselbring Park on August 15th, you would have seen how those words could fit together. At Hasselbring Park, Keep Genesee County Beautiful joined United Way of Genesee County, Make An Impact Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Miracle Midwest, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, AmeriCorps, Flint Genesee Job Corps., FOX66 News, Flint Area MI Chapter of The Links Incorporated NBC25 News, City of Flint, and City of Flint Master Plan, along with nearly one hundred volunteers to put in a new playground.
The effort was being carefully watched by children well before the playground was open. In what must have been seconds after the playground passed inspection and hours before the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the park’s grand opening, children were already swinging across monkey bars and whipping down the spiraling orange slide.
A similar effort happened only a few days later on August 18th in Broome Park for another playground. And just like the playground before, children watched from the edges of the park waiting for the volunteers to finish hauling mulch and for the playground to open. This time the patience of the kids waiting around was impressive due to the rainy conditions. In some ways it is a testament to the power of playgrounds and the allure they hold for children. After all, for a child what place could possibly be better than a place specifically designed for play?
But this wasn’t just about smiling children; it was also about smiling volunteers who knew that they were contributing to a better community. The volunteers came from all walks of life and all sorts of organizations beyond Keep Genesee County Beautiful. All came together because we all share the common knowledge that one of the most valuable parts of childhood is the ability to not only play, but to have a place to play. It’s a value that can’t be calculated or quantified, except maybe by counting the smiles it creates. If you would like to help the next time we put in a new playground, contact us at 810-767-9696