As part of the “Rediscover Discovery Park” initiative, more than 3,000 volunteers worked last week and Monday to rebuild the park, updating playground equipment and making it safer and more accessible.
Hundreds of community members came out on Saturday, working until sundown, to try to get as much finished as possible and to meet NBA player Jimmer Fredette, who came to check out the work that had been done.
In 2017, Jimmer Fredette’s foundation, the Fredette Family Foundation, teamed up with doTerra and the city of Pleasant Grove to bring the “Choose Kindness” initiative to the city. Several schools have started kindness clubs as part of this initiative. The Rediscover Discovery Park project was chosen by a group of city leaders and citizens as a project that the community could work on together to go along with “Choose Kindness.”
The playground structures were completed by the hundreds of volunteers. The flooring still has to be poured and set, which will take about two weeks. The park is expected to be open by the end of the month, pending weather conditions, according to Betsy McIff, public relations chairperson for the Rediscover Discovery Park steering committee.
The playground now includes playground equipment that all children will be able to use. For example, there is a wheelchair-accessible maze that will take children through the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Murals for the maze are being designed and painted by local artists.
A play spaceship will have three stories and two extra towers of imaginative play space. Inside the spaceship, there will be sound components for more realistic play. The volcano is a feature that was kept and updated from the original Discovery Park. It will have a climbing wall outside as well as inside of the three story structure. Children can also serve up some fun in their very own food truck, according to McIff.
“The mission of the Fredette Family Foundation is to strengthen families and youth. As we have stronger families and youth, our communities are stronger and everyone benefits,” Fredette said. “We believe these types of community activities and projects, along with our kindness programs, help us to achieve our mission. It’s a real pleasure to do something like this to help families for generations to come.”
“This is truly a park envisioned and built by the kids and families of Pleasant Grove,” Fredette said. “We are thrilled with its progress and near completion.”
Discovery Park, located at 1435 N. 100 East, was originally built in 1996 by about 6,000 community members during a period of about two weeks.