Photo Gallery: Children's Park Re-build

Hood River's Children's Park underwent a major transformation the week of June 4-10. Below is a photo gallery of images.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Hood River's Children's Park underwent a major transformation the week of June 4-10. Below is a photo gallery of images.



From cutting boards to cooking meals to hauling concrete, dozens of tasks occupied a community-wide force last week in the impressive task of building a new playground at Hood River Children’s Park. Several hundred residents, from age 4 and up, helped out.

Logistical, supply and construction-related issues will delay the park re-opening planned for June 30, and a revised date is not yet known, according to City Council Member Megan Saunders, project liaison.

The two-block public space at Ninth and Eugene was a continual rectangle of energy from June 4-10 as people worked three four-hour shifts, meals provided, guided by local builders and coordinators from the Ithaca, N.Y., company Play By Design. They took a bare space with dozens of precision-dug holes and transformed it into the majority of the play structure families will enjoy starting this summer. Kids got involved in part by helping artist MacRae Wylde with a mural project that will be part of the new playground.

Javier Salgado of Hood River said, “My daughter did play here, she’s 17 now, and I have a two-year-old, and she’d going to play here. It was an opportunity to help out, and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’”

Nate Bishop of Play By Design said June 10, “It is impressive, on Sunday afternoon this was a bunch of holes in the ground. You cannot possibly calculate all the man-hours that went into doing this, but it’s a mountain of effort.”

Below: A photo gallery of images taken from the week's build.

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Concrete crew.

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Kip Miller.

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MacRae Wylde and friends.

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Cooper Costello helps with the mural.

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Crews install a slide.

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Dave Carr and Ginger Schmidt.

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Photo by Katie Lohr, HRVHS

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Jack and Josh Miller.

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Sunday's field of boards.

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Matt Rutledge and Jeff Dellis.

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Megan Saunders and Mark Zanmiller thank volunteers.

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Mark Lago and Emily Curtis.

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A young helper.

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Matt Riley operates a crane, hoisting playground rooftops onto the structure.

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Dave Henehan, Drill Man.

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Mike Glover.

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Wayne Tengwall.

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Posts put into place.

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Tuesday, June 5 view, looking northwest.

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Routing crew.

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Tim Requa and Dave Bruggeman.



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