TARPON SPRINGS — An empty lot will transform into a brand new playground in a matter of hours this Saturday in Tarpon Springs.
More than 200 volunteers from the Citizens Alliance for Progress and other residents and the Tampa Bay Rays will join with organizers from KaBOOM! to construct the play area from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Based in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing local organizations together to construct playgrounds and promoting active lifestyles among children.
The new Tarpon Springs playground will be built at the Union Academy Family Center, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Saturday marks the culmination of a months-long coordination process between KaBOOM!, CAP and the Rays. Local children participated in a Design Day in September where they gathered ideas of how the playground should look and what equipment should be incorporated.
Once finished, it’s estimated that the playground will provide more than 300 children in the area with a safe place to play every week.
The Rays principal owner, Stuart Sternberg, and his family are scheduled to attend. The Sternberg Family Foundation is providing funding for the project.
A kickoff ceremony and volunteer deployments starts the day’s activities 8:30–9 a.m., followed by preliminary construction from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., final construction 1–2:30 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting 2:30–3 p.m.
Volunteers and organizers will also be on site for preparation days on Thursday and Friday.