Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rescue Mission Project to Begin ; Rescue: Volunteers Needed for Coming Build Days

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rescue Mission Project to Begin ; Rescue: Volunteers Needed for Coming Build Days

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After having to delay the community build project of three playgrounds at the Topeka Rescue Mission's Children's Palace facility, work started in earnest on Monday to get the area ready for the volunteers this Thursday.

"The delay was really disappointing but we knew we were going to get it someday," said Barry Feaker, executive director of the Rescue Mission, referring to the plastic lumber that couldn't be delivered in time to hold the original community build slated for Sept. 6-10.

An estimated 48,000 pounds of the specialty plastic needed to construct most of the playground structures have arrived at the Children's Palace grounds just a few blocks west of the Rescue Mission building in north Topeka. Feaker said the material lasts "much longer than wood" and has a 50-year warranty.

"We could have used an inferior lumber to stay on schedule," he said.

Other benefits of delaying the project, Feaker said, are temporary fencing could be set up and sidewalks and concrete pads for the three sections of the playground poured and set before the community volunteers do their work later this week.

Workers from KBS Constructors, Concrete Unlimited and Leathers & Associates were on site Monday, drilling holes for posts, cutting the lumber and other tasks.

"The anticipation has grown a lot," said Mark DeGroff, the Rescue Mission's resource development director. "So if anything, the delay on the materials that are here now, really has given us a chance to look forward to this more and to be better organized to better care for all the volunteers we're going to have a chance to work with locally."

Feaker said rather than needing 150 people for each shift of the community playground building project when it was first announced in August, he said fewer volunteers will be needed for the three shifts each day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As of Monday, 20 volunteers are still needed for the 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday shifts and 20 for each of the three shifts on Saturday. …

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