News

JOIN US FOR A PARTY IN THE PARK!

Party in the Park Flyer

Fort Pierce - (July 2013) The Kids' Crossing Steering Committee would like to invite the entire community to a "party in the park" on Saturday, September 7th at 4:00 PM. All 1993 and 2013 volunteers and supporters are asked to attend to take part in a commemorative photo before the playground is razed in preparation for its rebuilding! These volunteers and supporters will take part in a professional aerial photo shoot at the event to preserve for years to come.

This family-friendly event will also feature free snow cones, popcorn, drinks, arts & crafts, and a 50/50 drawing. In addition, visitors can purchase a personalized fence picket for $35 to be placed around the perimeter of the new Kids' Crossing Playground and reserve to save your original picket from '93! The pickets will have up to 20 letters or numbers professionally inscribed, just as they did 20 years ago. Picket order forms are located on the Kids' Crossing website, and on the group's facebook page.

The "party in the park" will be held at the playground site located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 23rd Street. Donations are still being accepted for the project, which is $35,000 shy of its goal to provide the very best playground in the area. Just as in 1993, hundreds of volunteers will also be needed build the locally designed playground November 7-11. Those interested in volunteering are asked to sign up online at www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com. Both skilled and non-skilled labor is needed to complete the project in just 5 days!

The new composite materials which will be used will give the structure, which was designed by local children, a lifespan of up to 50 years. Numerous business and generous donors have already committed their support of the new endeavor, donating more than $190,000. Sponsorship perks are still available for those who donate, which are outlined on the website, plus naming opportunities are available for sections of the playground. Donors who contribute will have their names memorialized on a plaque at the playground site.

 

Members of the Kids' Crossing Steering Committee and local children are excited to plan a wonderful "Party in the Park" event on Saturday, September 7th.

Donations can also be made online, or by mailing a check payable to "Kids Crossing, Inc." to 130 South Indian River Drive, Suite #201, Fort Pierce 34950. Kids' Crossing Playground is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

The committee looks forward to working with the hundreds of volunteers, donors, children, and families in the area, who have already expressed interest to make this dream become a reality. The playground will be a special gathering place everyone will enjoy for several decades, and a positive experience for all those involved, just as it was when originally built in 1993.

 

Churches and Organizations Continue to Support Kids' Crossing Playground!

Fort Pierce - (April 26, 2013) The Steering Committee of the Kids' Crossing Playground would like to thank the numerous organizations that have stepped up to support this worthy cause. The committee has been strategically planning the rebuilding of the playground, located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 23rd Street, since November 2012.

The current playground, which was built in 1993, using the same volunteer-based philosophy, will be torn down in the fall of 2013, because of safety concerns after two decades of use. Once again professional playground design company, Leathers & Associates is guiding the group to assist in the massive community project of raising $200,000, coordinating hundreds of volunteers, and building the structure on November 7-11, 2013.

The new composite materials which will be used will give the structure, which was designed by local children, a lifespan of up to 50 years. Numerous business and generous donors have already committed their support of the new endeavor, donating more than $125,000. Numerous sponsorship perks are available for those who donate, which are outlined on the website www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com. Naming opportunities are also available for sections of the playground and donors who contribute will have their names memorialized on a plaque at the playground site.

Additionally, community members have come together to support the cause by hosting their own fundraisers. For example, Westside Baptist Church is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, June 15th at the Legacy Golf Course for $100 per player. The church is welcoming anyone to play, to be a tee sponsor for $250, or take part in its silent auction which will be held at the tournament. All proceeds from the event will benefit the playground, and those interested in supporting this event are urged to contact Russ Stottlemire at rstottlemire@htcplus.net or 772-332-2570.

The Royal Palms of St. Lucie, a local social and service society, will be hosting a drawing to benefit the playground during the month of May. The women have created a summer vacation package featuring four 1-day Disney "Park Hopper" passes worth $500! The passes are good for magical experience at the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom! Also included in the package is a $150 Visa gift card to help cover some vacation expenses! Tickets for a chance to win are $5 each, and are available at John Carroll High School, Louden Boned Pools, or from any Royal Palm member. The tickets will be on sale from May 2nd through June 6th, with the drawing being held at the June Royal Palm meeting.

If you would prefer to have your name permanently displayed at the playground when you make a donation, pickets surrounding the property will be available for $35 each. The pickets will have up to 20 letters or numbers professionally inscribed, just as they did in 1993. Picket order forms are located on the Kids' Crossing website, and on the group's facebook page.

Donations can also be made online, or by mailing a check payable to "Kids Crossing, Inc." to 130 South Indian River Drive, Suite #201, Fort Pierce 34950. Kids' Crossing Playground is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible. The committee looks forward to working with the hundreds of volunteers, donors, children, and families in the area, who have already expressed interest to make this dream become a reality. The playground will be a special gathering place everyone will enjoy for several decades, and a positive experience for all those involved, just as it was when originally built in 1993.

 

Kids' Crossing Playground Steering Committee Kicks Off Its Fundraising Campaign!

The Kids' Crossing Steering Committee would like to thank the generous donors who have committed their support of the new endeavor to re-build the playground located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 23rd Street. The massive community effort, has been well-received by all, and the outpouring of support has been contagious.

On January 10th, the committee officially kicked off their fundraising campaign to secure the $200,000, which is needed to complete the project. Thanks to the generosity of several local families and the Rotary Club of Fort Pierce, more than $27,500 has already been collected in the first week of the campaign. Additionally, on the 10th, several playground steering committee members attended a Fort Pierce Rotary Club meeting, where Heather Thorpe and her son Garrett, presented a generous donation to the cause on behalf of Heather's father, and the annual Randy Osteen Award which honors a local unsung hero or cause.

Corporate sponsors and community donors interested in donating $5,000-$25,000 or more will receive numerous marketing perks, which are outlined on the website www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com. Naming opportunities are also available for numerous sections of the playground and donors who contribute will have their names memorialized on a plaque at the playground site.

Every dollar donated helps to support the playground, as all of the work is performed by our community on a volunteer basis. Donations can be made online, or by mailing a check payable to "Kids Crossing, Inc." to 130 South Indian River Drive, Suite #201, Fort Pierce 34950. Kids' Crossing Playground is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

The committee looks forward to working with the hundreds of volunteers, donors, children, and families in the area, who have already expressed interest to make this dream become a reality. The playground will be a special gathering places everyone to enjoy for several decades, and a positive experience for all those involved, just as it was when originally built in 1993.

To contact committee members in charge of scheduling volunteers, obtaining tools and materials, fundraising, artistic ventures, or to share ideas of how to incorporate features for those with special needs, please visit www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com or email info@KidsCrossingPlayground.com.

Kids' Crossing Playground steering committee members (back row, left to right) Melinda Gonano, Holly Theuns, Bruce Abernethy, Sarah Pride, Natasha Santoro, (front row , left to right) Stephen Neill, Tom Perona, Jennifer Trefelner, Bud Holmes, Doug Davis, and Joey Trefelner hold the new Sponsorship Booklet, which has a myriad of donation options for those interested in contributing to the playground.

 

Fort Pierce community to join together to rebuild Kid's Crossing Playground

Fort Pierce- (October 16, 2012) On Thursday, November 8th, local children will work with designers to create their dream playground. Students from local public and private schools will share what they envision as an ideal area to play together, with their friends and their family. At the conclusion of the energy-packed sessions a detailed schematic will be created featuring their custom-designed playground.

In 1993, the same brainstorming sessions occurred with a group of children, now of which are grown, and many of whom have kids who utilize the playground located by the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 23rd Street. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and a strong Steering Committee, the dreams of kids twenty years ago became a reality in just five days of construction. One of the 1993 General Coordinators, Bruce Abernethy, was recently contacted by the City of Fort Pierce, which owns the land the playground is located on, and was informed that the structure needed to be replaced due to safety concerns from two decades of use.

Knowing the need for a community gathering and play area, Bruce reached out to Joey Trefelner, who has agreed to volunteer as the 2013 General Coordinator. Joey developed a Steering Committee of talented individuals drawing from the original group of volunteers and reaching out to new families. Experienced 1993 volunteers Doug Davis, Allen Osteen, Monique Bruhn, Bud Holmes, Tom Perona, Melinda Gonano, and Bruce Abernethy have joined with Erik Melville, Sarah Pride, Stephen Neill, Tom Jefferson, Jennifer Trefelner, Mark Greene, and Holly Theuns to create the 2013 Steering Committee.

Professional playground design company Leathers & Associates is guiding the group to assist in the massive community project of raising $200,000, coordinating hundreds of volunteers, and building the structure on the 20-year anniversary of the original playground. The first step in this endeavor is the "Design Day" which will be held November 8th. During this morning, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Fairlawn Elementary, St. Anastasia Catholic School, and Frances K. Sweet Elementary students in grades Kindergarten to fifth grade will enthusiastically proclaim the details which will create an ideal play area. Designers will spend the afternoon creating the layout using ideas from the morning, and then unveil the drawing of the new playground in the evening to the kids and their parents.

"We are excited about creating the playground as a community effort, honoring those who built the current structure in 1993, and pulling from that support to create a new playground in 2013," remarked Joey Trefelner. "The materials used in the new structure have a guaranteed lifespan of 30 years, making a place for many generations to enjoy. One of my goals is to include the entire community in this exciting endeavor."

The older structure will be razed in the fall of 2013, with the new playground scheduled to be built shortly thereafter. Volunteers are needed in areas including fundraising, construction, artistic features, materials, tools, food, child care during the days of the build, and creating features for those with special needs. To volunteer, donate funds, or learn more information, please visit www.KidsCrossingPlayground.com or email Info@KidsCrossingPlayground.com.