Habitat column: Volunteers are lifeblood of Discovery Park rebuild 01

A volunteer installs equipment at Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove.

Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove recently reopened to the public after being completely rebuilt which made the park accessible to all children, regardless of ability.

The park was completed thanks to support and funding from the community, as well as the work of 3,000 volunteers.

The park, which is located at 1550 N. 100 East, is now made with more sustainable materials, has age appropriate play areas, a maze decorated with artwork and a misting machine for kids and adults alike to cool off.

While a lot is new, the park was designed and built to keep the iconic look and attractions of the original Discovery Park.

“Everyone did a fantastic job and the new park will be a great place for young children and families to gather and have fun for years to come,” Alan Hill, director of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County said. “We were proud to have served the citizens of Pleasant Grove as part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Program by donating team leaders and tools to help the city give Discovery Park a big facelift.”

This is not the first time Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has helped in building an accessible park. The organization actively engaged in helping raise funds, gather tools, organize volunteers, and find sub-contractors for Orem’s All-Together Park back in 2016.

“Habitat not only build homes for low-income families, they also do critical homes repairs and Neighborhood Revitalization projects,” Scotty White, construction assistant for Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. “It was through the neighborhood revitalization branch of Habitat’s mission that we take on community projects like the All-Together Playground and Discovery Park.”

One of the main tasks that Habitat accomplished for the Discovery Park was acquiring the tools needed for the build.

“We have quite an inventory of tools ourselves, and we get tools regularly donated to our ReStores,” White said. “We have been working on gathering the tools for this park for the last year.”

In addition, Habitat also helped with organizing volunteers by directing those ready to donate their time to the Discovery Park building site. A large group of Americorps volunteers coordinated with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County to drive up from Price and work on the park for two days.

“We are uniquely qualified to help with these community projects based on volunteer labor,” LeAnn Hillam, volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County said. “We go through a very similar process every time we build a home, and, after doing over seventy homes and countless critical home repair projects, we have gotten quite good at it.”

More information about Pleasant Grove’s Discovery park is available at https://facebook.com/RediscoverDiscoveryPark.

To learn how you can get involved in the community through Habitat for Humanity of Utah County, go to https://www.habitatuc.org or email info@habitatuc.org.

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