Volunteers wanted for park rebuild

May 5, 2019

La PORTE — The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department is in need of volunteers for a community rebuild of Fort La Play Porte at Kesling Park.

The build will take place from June 10 through June 15.

The rebuild will upgrade Fort La Play Porte by removing the older, wooden structures and installing plastic and more durable structures. Additional playground equipment is expected to be put in during the rebuild, including new swing sets.

The rebuild will take a significant amount of volunteer work by the community in order to run smoothly. The volunteer steering committee has identified the need and designated shifts for volunteers. The first day of the build will require anywhere from 40 to 60 community volunteers for every shift and 60 to 80 volunteers will be needed for the remaining build days.

“We are reaching out to the public to volunteer,” said Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber said during the April Park and Recreation Board meeting. “You don’t need to have construction skills. Only about half of the people on the build will have to do anything with a tool in their hand. The other half will be helping move pieces of lumber around and other logistics.”

In addition to shift volunteers, the Park and Recreation Department is looking for crew leaders who will be able to be a part of around 80 percent of the shifts. Unlike that of ordinary shift workers, the department is looking for people with some sort of background in construction to fill this pivotal role in the build.

The department has been ironing out everything needed for the build including design, food, volunteers and childcare.

“It’s a pretty big undertaking. The volunteer subcommittee of the steering committee is working on getting groups from organizations to volunteer,” said Schreiber.

Some workers may be approved to receive compensation for their time away from work. The La Porte Board of Works and Public Safety has approved one paid volunteer day, or Day of Giving, for all full-time civilian employees the week of June 10 to participate in the Fort La Play Porte rebuild.

“The volunteer time will need to fall on their regularly scheduled work day and shift,” Schreiber said. “We are hoping some other businesses and organizations consider following the City’s lead.”

To be a part of the community build, visit www.fortlaplayporte.com.