Marshall Park playground to be completed Saturday

Staff Writer

The preliminary work on the new playground for Marshall Park started Thursday morning. Volunteers were unloading trucks, unboxing equipment, drilling holes, painting and sawing boards in preparation for the building phase Saturday.
"It is so exciting to see," Melanie Busby, West Point City Grant Writer and Administrator, said."I love our community. People have volunteered, donated funds so we can provide breakfast and lunch for the workers. I am just thrilled with the response."

Cristina Perez, Associate Project Manager and Community Play Catalyst with KaBOOM!, said she was happy to be working with Yokohama and the West Point community to build this playground.
"We are so excited to bring more play to Marshall Park," Perez said. "We just celebrated building 3,000 playgrounds since 1995. I've been connected with this project for eight weeks."
Perez said the building of the playground on Saturday is going to happen rain or shine. She said it will be great place to play because it was inspired by children who live in the West Point community.

"There will be two slides, a couple of spinning elements," Perez said. "There will be a tire swing and several other things that utilize tires. Those elements are special Yokohama projects and are unique to the Yokohama playgrounds."
She said there will be benches, an outdoor classroom and many different elements that will make the playground one - of - a - kind.
"The community has done a great job with donating their time and making sure we have food and water on site," Perez said. "I feel like this is a great way to get everyone working together."

Jim Williams, Planning Manager at Yokohama Tire said they were very excited to be improving the existing park.
"There is a great turn out today," Williams said. "We will have about 50 Yokohama employees taking part in building the playground Saturday. Thew will be some executives from Yokohama on site, as well."
Williams said they were at capacity with volunteers and had a waiting list of those who wanted to be part of building the Marshall Park playground.

James Crowley, director of the West Point Parks and Recreation Department, said he is very excited about the improvements to Marshall Park
"We have a skate park and a place for disc golf," Crowley said, "Those are for older kids. Putting in a playground here for younger children is great. There is a walking track on the other side of the park so it's a great thing for families."
Crowley said he appreciated Yokohama and all the people who have volunteered to be part of the project.
"It is so hard to get grants for playground equipment," Cowley said. "Melanie Busby and I have been trying for years. We want to thank Yokohama and KaBOOM! for doing this. It's just a win - win all around for our community."