blogger: Dick Bulkowski, Steepletown Executive Director
KaBOOM! Nope, not the fireworks that are now filling our evening skies but a playground being built in the former Pulaski Park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muskegon. This piece of land has been idle for many years and will now see the vibrancy of children playing amidst the bright colors of yellow, orange, and plumb. This is the park that my Dad played at in the 40’s when he attended St. Adalbert School. I played there as well in the early 70’s when I attended first grade at St. Adalbert. Now two generations later my grandchildren who attend the Steepletown preschool in the Basilica Center will be playing in this same park after the KaBOOM! Playground is built on June 16th. There are still opportunities to get involved:
- Come help Volunteer to Build the Playground. Call Janet Piccolo to volunteer on that day at (616) 822-8008.
- Buy a brick! To connect the sidewalk with the playground a path needs to be constructed. To that end Steepletown is selling paving bricks that you can have engraved to be part of the pathway. You can DOWNLOAD A FORM, fill it out and mail it in or GO ONLINE to purchase your brick.
I am buying a brick to honor my dad on Father’s Day to read: Here played Jim Bulkowski, 1945-1953. I am hoping others will take advantage of this opportunity to support this project and honor someone in their lives, especially as Father’s Day is only a couple days after the completion of the playground!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.