Erin McCormick didn’t come all the way to Bullhead City for a burger.
Nope. She and about 150 other volunteers showed up Saturday morning to sweat, so that local children can play.
“We have a lot of ‘I-wishes,’ ” said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. “A playground was one of them. They always had a good time at the park, but you can’t take a really large group to the park.”
The club recently received a grant through Fiesta Bowl Charities and KaBOOM! That led to Saturday’s event: the construction of a new playground in about six hours.
Boyle-Robinson said she was informed of the grant in late January. She estimated its value at $90,000 to $100,000. The club had to add about $8,500 in matching dollars, and used money from a Lowe’s grant to meet that obligation.
Boyle-Robinson said club officials had a group of children draw their dream playgrounds, then tallied elements that seemed to be the most popular, and presented them to KaBOOM!
The nonprofit then came up with three designs and children and program staff made the final choice.
The playground includes swings, slides, a geodome, music features and a monorail.
“It’s like a super-safe zip line,” Boyle-Robinson said of the latter.
Other features include a sandbox, cornhole and a giant Adirondack chair.
“We’re doing a really pretty mural as well,” Boyle-Robinson said.
The playground will help the children learn about teamwork, stay active and develop “imagination games,” she said.
Boyle-Robinson said volunteers came from organizations that included EPCOR Water (sponsor of the construction event), the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Key Club and Bullhead City Kiwanians. There also were plenty of individual volunteers.
“I’m definitely working hard,” said McCormick, “for a good cause, and it’s fun, too.”
EPCOR Water employee Ricky Edwards and his wife, Chelsee, also volunteered. Chelsee Edwards said the couple’s children were in the club a few years ago and that it felt good to give back.
“Everybody’s friendly, the food is great and the work is fun,” Ricky Edwards chimed in.
Boyle-Robinson said the community is usually good about stepping up to help and talked about the payoff the construction event offered.
“It’s a feel-good opportunity,” she said. “At the end of the day, you get to see what you’ve accomplished. And they know 1,400 kids who are gonna without a doubt enjoy this.”
It’s still about 72 hours for the concrete to set at the playground, Boyle-Robinson said. Children should be frolicking about on it Tuesday or Wednesday.