Saturday is Make a Difference Day, and Warren will be well represented with a volunteer project to put the finishing touches on the outdoor fitness park at DeFrees Playground. Workers with Joe Gassner Contracting will be installing the equipment this week, and Huber Blacktop Company will be putting down the blacktop, weather permitting.
Mary Hagan-Double, an organizer for the fitness park, said that a fence along the side of the area needs maintenance so volunteers will pull weeds and trees that have grown through the slats, then paint the fence.
Heidi Ekey, another project organizer, said, “We will be working this weekend with a whole crew of Make a Difference Day volunteers to add the final touches to the park. What we do on Saturday will be determined by the weather to a certain degree, but nothing is going to dampen our spirits. Rain or shine, we’ll be there.”
“Tim Horton’s has offered coffee and we will have water bottles with our logo available for volunteers as well as hats, shirts, tattoos and balloons. No doubt about it, we are celebrating – the park and the Make a Difference Day program as a whole,” she added.
“This small group of dedicated people accomplished so much in so little time. We first pitched the idea in April. We had tunnel vision and never took our eyes off the date of Oct. 26. The Make a Difference Day program was our purpose.
“We wanted to make a difference… so we would not settle for anything less than getting the park done by then. We’ve had a lot of great help but most of all, this Saturday, we are going to show how people can make a difference. We put our minds to it and made something happen, and anyone can do the same. We’ll be there to champion them just as we’ve had so many championing for us.
“This park will benefit so many. Financial struggles shouldn’t limit one’s access to fitness opportunities. Physical ability shouldn’t either. The equipment is designed to be surrounded by pathways that are easy for wheelchairs to pass and for those who may struggle with mobility. Thanks to a generous donation from the Lion’s Club (as) they will provide signs in Braille for all the equipment pieces,” she concluded.