Posted by: rmeketon | September 7, 2011

Where we are with Costa Park…



Below I’ve included some good news, an urgent request, and a re-cap of Design Day.


Good News: Our funder, JetBlue, has changed the Build Day date to Saturday, October 29th (instead of Wednesday)! Mark your calendars.


URGENT Request! The Build Day on 10/29 will be a huge community event with food, music, activities for children, and 200 volunteers BUILDING the park! We urgently need people to join planning committees for that Day (see list below)! Please put your contacts in touch with me: Rachel Meketon at 617-889-1375 ext. 11.


Recruitment & Registration – bringing in volunteers, assigning Build Captains

Food – soliciting food donations / contributions from community members, logistics for serving

Youth Involvement – plan activities for children on Build Day

Entertainment & Media – music and contacting the press

Fundraising – soliciting donations for the community’s contribution ($8,500) and other miscellaneous items

Green – landscaping, recycling

Construction – ensure that we have the tools we need

Logistics – parking, toilets, trash, tents, tables, etc.

Safety & Maintenance – evacuation plan, maintenance plan


Re-cap of Design Day:


At 3 PM, our KaBOOM! Project Manager Kathryn Lusk met with community members and staff from RND, the City of Revere and JetBlue at Costa Park. Kathryn took some measurements and reviewed the Build Day space requirements.


At 4 PM, we assembled in the CAPIC gym with dozens of children and parents from the neighborhood. The children sketched their dream parks and then presented them to the audience, elaborating on their favorite pieces of equipment.


At 5 PM, Kathryn reviewed the planning process for Build Day and the committee responsibilities. Community members, high school students, and staff from the City, CAPIC, RND, and JetBlue signed up for the committees. We ate some pizza and then reconvened to look through pictures of playground equipment. We created a collective list of must-haves, pieces that we feel ambivalent about, and those that we definitely don’t want.



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