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Published September 25, 2011, 09:30 PM

Sherlock Playground Behind Schedule

After a week of construction, the Sherlock Park playground didn't open on Sunday as planned. There were a few setbacks this week and volunteers continue to work on the finishing touches.

After a week of construction, the Sherlock Park playground didn't open on Sunday as planned. There were a few setbacks this week and volunteers continue to work on the finishing touches.

As a crane lifted the final peaks on the castle, volunteers at Sherlock Park raked and hammered in an effort to finish the playground.

"It was frustrating but I just knew we had to pull it together, work with what we had and you know, hope that the volunteers showed up, and so they've been showing up and we appreciate it," Project Coordinator Penny Pape said.

But to get this project done, more volunteers are needed.

"Well one day we had over 200, a good shift would be like about 120 people a shift," Pape said.

The playground was scheduled to be finished Sunday night, but volunteers say with a lot of hard work and a few more people it could be done by Tuesday.

"We had the issue with some of the lumber. We worked with what lumber we did receive and they did a lot of pre-fab work," Pape said.

But the unforseen circumstances haven't crushed spirits. The structure standing today is proof of that.

" It's quite an accomplishment, what you hear is the sound of progress, the communities coming together to build a wonderful resource for our children, so I think this is just great," Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown said.

"It's an amazing experience. And for me as a designer, it's a really gratifying thing to see literally holes in the ground and big piles of lumber to such a magnificent structure," Play By Design Designer and Co-Owner Dave Iannello said.

And volunteers seem pretty happy with the progress.

"Oh yeah, this was really great," Volunteer Dave Pashke said.

Volunteers are needed for three shifts Monday and Tuesday. If all goes well, the playground should open at 5:30 Tuesday night.

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