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Published September 18, 2011, 08:12 PM

Rebuilding Efforts Begin At Sherlock Park

Kids will soon flock to the Sherlock Forest Playground in East Grand Forks. But first a week of hard work lies ahead for members of the community. Volunteers started preparing for a week of rebuilding at the park today.

Kids will soon flock to the Sherlock Forest Playground in East Grand Forks. But first a week of hard work lies ahead for members of the community. Volunteers started preparing for a week of rebuilding at the park today.

The sound of shovels, saws and drills marked the beginning of a busy week for volunteers at Sherlock Park today.

"Today we are getting the site ready for the volunteers to come tomorrow morning. We have a shift coming at 8:00 a.m., another shift at 12:30 p.m., and our last shift is at 5:30 p.m. So we're just doing site prep, digging holes, and getting ready," Project Co-Chair Katie Nelson said.

In just one short week a bigger, better playground will sit behind the orange construction fence. Hundreds of volunteers and tools are needed every day to help with the build.

"We need lots of heavy duty wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, rasps, scissors, screw drivers, tape measures, and if when you do come if you can come bring your own gloves-- work gloves, and also if you have a tool belt with a tape measure bring that too," Nelson said.

"Come on out and help. There will be a job for anybody, you don't have to have any special carpentry skills. I mean there's shoveling, there's staining, there's all kinds of things. They're going to need the help this week," Volunteer Rick Coulter said.

After the old playground burnt down in an accidental fire at the end of May, the community came together in just a few short months to build a much bigger place for kids to have fun.

"This is basically for the community, and it's a life changing experience. when you get down here, it's just like your blood is pumping, you're ready to go and you know the first thing you do is make a difference for the community, so it's really awesome," Nelson added.

"It's a good experience. It's fun to help out, meet a lot of people, you'll see how fast this goes up and it's just a lot of fun," Volunteer Jeff Mlodzik said.

At least 350 volunteers are needed for three shifts every day starting at 8:00 in the morning. There's no need to pre-register. Just show up, sign in, and be prepared to work.

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