Community Playground Project

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 07-17-2009 09:20 PM 2267 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I got involved with that is really something for the community to be proud of. Our resident deputy sherrif, Brannon Slice was challenged by his boss to do something nice for the community. Brannon responded by raising money from local businesses and also recruiting local construction related outfits to contribute labor and materials. He and some local carpenters came up with the design for the wood platforms and a local steel fabricator, D & T Steel came up with the design and materials for the swingset and roof structures. The swingset and roofs are all heavy duty powder coated steel. They ought to still be there in the next century. I understand the owner of D & T Steel is a community minded fellow who does all he can for kids and the elderly. He once heard of a little old lady that didn’t have any handrails for her front steps at her very modest home and immediately stopped production at his shop and had his employees go out the same day to build and install her new handrails. Little old me designed and built the sign. It’s made mostly of treated lumber with some cypress added for the bulletin board doors and routed sign. On the back is an aluminum piece that has the names of all who contributed both labor and money. The name, Pelion Playing Station was gotten from a contest that was held at the three local schools in the area. The playground is located adjacent to a walking path that meanders through the middle of our little town. It really makes one feel good to ride by and see this thing full of kids playing in the afternoon. A real warm fuzzy.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 10:22 PM

Great project and great story. The sign really sets it off! I wish that more local communities would do this sort of thing.

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 11:33 PM

That looks really nice. I bet the kids are having a ball.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 02:54 AM

Great project. should keep the kids busy this summer.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 06:16 AM

Wow, great use of time and talent. Hope this makes an impression on a lot of folks. You want something done right do it yourself, whether as an individual or a community. That’s the kind of work that has and continues to make this country great. Thank you for your effort and sense of community. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 07-20-2009 02:06 AM

Looking Good Carl. Will have to take the kids one weekend. They just built a playground in my neighborhood not too far from you, I had thought it was a cool one until seeing this. Well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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