Pleasant Grove’s Discovery Park is going to be rebuilt and community members will be volunteering to do the labor.
The park, located at 1435 N. 100 East, was originally built in 1996 by about 6,000 community volunteers in less than two weeks. The rebuild will happen in much the same way and is slated for May 3-11.
According to Deon Giles, parks and recreation director, Discovery Park is in need of some upgrades in order to continue to be compliant with playground safety regulations. Many of the structural posts are starting to wear, he said.
The new park will be constructed with composite plastic that looks like lumber, but has a longer life than the wood that was used originally.
“It will look a lot the same,” Giles said.
The upgraded park will be designed for children of all abilities and needs, similar to Orem’s All-Together Playground.
In 2017, the Fredette Family Foundation and doTerra teamed up with 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 way to bring the community together as part of Choose Kindness, according to Eric Jensen, city council member.
According to Scott Darrington, city administrator, all skill levels of volunteers will be accommodated for the rebuilding project. Other volunteer opportunities include providing food and childcare for those who are building the park.
“doTerra has donated $50,000 toward the park and will be providing some labor from their workforce during the rebuild,” Darrington said. Materials for the park will cost $600,000. Funds will come from the recently passed CARE tax, donations and a grant from Utah County.
“The city will save over $400,000 because of the volunteer labor,” he said.
Those who want to contribute to the project can donate a personalized fence picket. Each picket donated will be engraved with the contributor’s name, the name of a loved one or business. The cost for each picket is $75. There is also sponsorship information on the website.
Families, church groups, clubs, teams and individuals are encouraged to sign up to volunteer, according to the Rediscover Discovery Park Facebook page.