Recently I took a quick weekend trip to Idyllwild, California. Sitting high above Palm Springs, this quaint and charming town is situated in the San Jacinto Mountains which lie two hours East of Los Angeles.
News of a community based playground project peaked my interest. A community rallying together…on a volunteer bases…for their kids? Their shared goal was to erect a full blown multifaceted playground from the ground up. This seemed too good to be true? Does outreach and cohesion on this level still exist?
I was blown away! The locals were there in full force and even some friends and family pitched in from surrounding areas. A highly organized and skilled team pulled 8, 10, and even 12 hour days! Within four days, a dirt lot was transformed into a vibrant and imaginative fantasy land for kids and kids at heart.
Picking up background from varying conversations, this had turned out to be quite a feat. Two years in the making – land had been donated, red tape and hurdles had been crossed, funds had been raised, and corporations in the building industry had offered discounts. This team was a force to be reckoned with. The Rizor family was instrumental in pulling together the logistics, motivating the manpower, and igniting the spirit of what is possible within us all.
I was honored to take in a snapshot of the efforts. The venue was a hub of constant activity. What did I witness? People voluntarily pitching in their time, energy, sence of humor, and creativity with smiles firmly intact. Local restaurants took care of meals by setting up an on-site buffet and the sole elementary school in town set up day care because the majority of the parents were actually on-site! Even the little ones customized hand crafted tiles to be used as part of the picnic table tops. Really? Really.
I left inspired and hopeful that the spirit of community is alive and well. Bravo.