GRANVILLE — It was an unexpectedly cold morning Saturday when more than a dozen Granville residents gathered in Veterans Park to work on a community project.
It was simple compared to the upcoming McCoy Street and water treatment plant projects, but the installation of new playground equipment allowed residents the chance to lend a hand in bettering their community.
It was 17 degrees on the morning of April 7, but village board members, village employees, FFA students from Putnam County High School, a Cub Scout and several citizens were undeterred as they enthusiastically joined forces to assemble the new play equipment.
“It’s really nice to see so many of our younger people have come out to help see this project to completion,” Granville Village Board member Jim Pettit said.
The previous evening had seen the installation of the equipment’s main support poles, and by morning, the concrete had dried and the remaining pieces were ready to be assembled.
The play equipment was purchased from Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. of Monett, Mo., and the village took advantage of the company’s innovative “Community Build” option. This package allows for a heavily discounted installation cost because the community provides the labor and the company provides knowledgeable help.
“A professional installation could add approximately $6,000 to the equipment cost, but with a community build, we come for half a day with everything they’ll need to install it and provide the expertise,” Miracle Recreation’s Mike Cederlund said.
Miracle provided assistance with drilling the post holes, and their presence assured the project moved along quickly and efficiently.
“We try to keep it fun, and while it’s hard work, they always turn into more of a community event. I remember every one of these I’ve done, and they’re all something special,” Cederlund said.
He added they typically do about 25 community builds a year and sell approximately 100 playground assemblies overall.
Granville’s assembly was completed that day by the more than 14 volunteers. Pettit said the border and landscaping around the new equipment will be finished at a later, and hopefully warmer, date.
The older playground that was replaced was roughly 20 years old, and it was relocated to a park in nearby Cedar Point. The new and bigger equipment is expected to last about 40 years or more.
This installation also marks the first community project that Village President Jared Baker has seen through from inception to completion. Baker, who was busy helping with the installation, said he hadn’t even thought about that aspect of it. He was then asked how it felt.
“It feels good,” he answered happily.