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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Vacant house lot, Vinton, Texas, USA

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Vacant house lot, Vinton, Texas, USA
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Registered: July 2010
City/Town/Province: El Paso
Posts: 1
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A small village north of El Paso was trying to develop a half-acre piece of ground into its first outdoor play area. They planned for a year and raised money to buy equipment, but needed help to get the work done. When I heard about it, I knew it was a project InterAct (our high school Rotary Club) could complete. I met with the mayor, council members and city officials several times to outline the scope of work and figure out materials I needed to provide. I put together a plan to build the park in one day - Global Youth Service Day - April 24, 2010. Here are our major goals/ accomplishments: 1. Painting - Handicap ramp painted blue, Handicap parking spaces, Parking lot striping, Butterflies on the sidewalk and trash cans 2. Screening and Mulch - Raking existing dirt and gravel ground to prepare it for covering, Laying screening and spreading mulch in the main playground area, filling to 18 inches, Laying screening and spreading mulch or chat out and around the tables, benches, signs and both sides of the sidewalk 3. Installation of signs - Holes dug and cement mixed and poured to install three park signs and handicapped accessibility signs 4. Assembling tables and benches, slide 5. Plant trees. The first three project areas were completed as planned. The tables and benches did not arrive in time to be assembled during this project, but were assembled later. The play equipment was assembled by the manufacturer. Three trees were planted and a fourth hole was dug, but the tree wasn't planted until the April 30 park dedication. Because of this project, Vinton, a desert community with a population of about 1,900 people, received its first-ever outdoor park and playground. About 340 households are expected to enjoy Mariposa (Butterfly) Park, contributing to a much-improved quality of life. Thirty-six students and some adult volunteers from several service organizations banded together for one day to make a dream come true for this small community. In the meantime, volunteers saw the value of volunteering and how much can be accomplished with teamwork in just one day. The village also estimated it saved about $90,000 in labor costs due to the volunteer labor. Plus, the project showed the village and its volunteers what can be accomplished and it now is planning for a second, larger park. Also, another small town nearby approached me to help build a park in their community as well. Best of all, an unused, unattractive, vacant and small lot was turned into something useful, productive and beautiful. It combines the idea of recycling resources with making do with what you have. And it gave this community something to be very proud of.
Date: July 28, 2010 Views: 2644 File size: 61.5kb, 628.8kb : 1807 x 1361
Hours Volunteered: 304
Volunteers: 36
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 8 to 62
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.4
Native Trees Planted: 4
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