Project Playground opens on Saturday at noon. The playground burned down in April 2017, and was rebuilt in recent months including some new features and improved accessibility.
The construction of Project Playground continues until the end of the day Sunday. The project is still seeking volunteers with different levels of experience (including kids over 10) and also needs to borrow tools including drills, speed squares, carpenters squares, tape measures, and 4-foot levels. Watch a sneak peak of the new Project Playground construction in 360 degrees.
The beloved playground burned down last year. Construction on the new and improved playground should wrap up in September.
The City and Borough of Juneau formally accepted $235,000 in donor money from the Juneau Community Foundation, which is leading the fundraising. Efforts are underway to break ground this summer to replace the playground destroyed last year by arson.
A new enclosed play field and accessible playground surfacing are also planned. Construction is scheduled for this summer.
The state’s ongoing budget crisis trickles down, Project Playground burns, a family that owns a lot of downtown property has a rough year, Juneau’s indigent residents get repeatedly displaced, and other 2017 news of note.
Corporate donations from Alaska Airlines, BP Alaska and, most recently, $25,000 from the Cruise Lines International Association Alaska helped reach the target.
Fire Marshal Dan Jager said they are still investigating three other fires on Moraine Way, Steep Place and Savikko ball fields as intentionally set.
The Juneau Community Foundation reports more than $12,800 had been raised through Tuesday. And the oil giant BP has announced a $25,000 matching grant. The city-owned playground was insured but has a $100,000 deductible.
The Twin Lakes playground destroyed by arson was insured — to a point. The policy carries a $100,000 deductible that will have to be matched.