What better way to celebrate the start of warm, sunny summer days than by putting in a new playground?

This past Friday, volunteers from various organizations as well as the community worked together to build a brand new playground at Potomac Gardens.

The volunteers did a fabulous job drilling, pouring concrete, and constructing a very elaborate playground. Young men from the community saw what was happening and offered to join in. They assisted the volunteers by helping to mulch, dig, and replace the old rimless basketball hoops that had long been faded.

Kyree, a Little Lights student, was also eager to help. He filled water buckets to mix concrete, watered the newly planted oak trees, shoveled mulch, and painted.

At the end of the day, students and volunteers celebrated the playground with popsicles, some outdoor games, and a short ceremony. When it was time to cut the celebratory ribbon, the adult volunteers called on Kyree and elected him to do the honors.

Many parents came by with young children, wide-eyed and excited by the new playground. Parents were very grateful and the kids were eager to play, saying, “When Sunday comes we’re going to have so much fun!”

Our kids are so excited to spend their summer days on the new playground. The project was initiated through the residents of Potomac Gardens and President of the Resident Council, Aquarius Vann-Ghasri. We want to thank the Resident Council for their support for the project, as well as the many resident volunteers who participated! We’d also like to say a big thank you to all the organizations and volunteers involved – Make Kids Smile, DCHA, CT Management, Foulger-Pratt, and Earth Conservation Corps. Thank you for making this happen!