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FORT PIERCE -- The new Kids' Crossing Playground at Rotary Park is officially open.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of volunteers, the 11,000 square-foot playground was completed in just over five days.
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 Nov. 20 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 Dec. 2, with fellow Steering Committee members proudly in attendance.
"They say it takes a community to build a playground such as this, but I say, this playground helped to build our community," said Joey Trefelner, general coordinator.
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.
For more information, visit www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com.