Next Steps for Olsrud Family Community Playground

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Next Steps for Olsrud Family Community Playground

Olsrud Family Community Playground UpdateWhat's next for the Olsrud Family Community Playground? Here's the latest update from our Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department Director, Rich Rosenthal:

To Medford Citizens, Volunteers, Staff, and Project Supporters,
Here is a status update on the Olsrud Family Community Playground

The playground project is approximately 75 percent complete. Following
the enormously productive “volunteer build” week, Parks Division staff
completed structural assembly tasks not requiring supervision by the
playground manufacturer, Leathers & Associates.

On Monday, crews began attaching over interlocking playground surface
tiles to the concrete deck, a tedious task requiring dry conditions. Each 2-
by-2-foot rubber tile weighs in excess of 20 pounds.

Meanwhile, nearly all missing manufactured playground components are
due in Medford by Oct. 29. Consequently, we have identified the first
weekend of November (Nov. 3-4) for installation of these missing parts in
the required presence of a Leathers supervisor, so we again need
volunteer assistance.

Specifically, we’re asking the construction captains (“the yellow shirts”) and
a core group of volunteers to help Parks staff complete playground
assembly in hopes of having a ribbon-cutting ceremony the second
weekend of November. If we’re short on volunteer help from the core
group, we’ll issue a broader call for assistance.

Lastly, we calculated 1,083 volunteers (!!!) worked at least one shift during
the “community build” phase Sept. 29-Oct. 6, and over $335,000 has been
raised to date in cash and in-kind contributions. Personalized fence pickets
and a select number of playground features are still available for purchase
or sponsorship. We are working on permanent site signage to acknowledge
the amazing community efforts on behalf of the Olsrud Family Community

We’re eager to complete this unique project and to see the joy of children
using the playground. Thanks for your help and patience … the finish line is
in sight!

Rich Rosenthal

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