Building Heros Invade Smith Memorial Playground

We’ve been working ten hours a day for the past 3 days and we have a few awesome things to share. From now, to July 20th we will be working on our latest tiny WPA project, a build-your-own-adventure addition to Smith memorial playground. Since Monday, our goal has been to build a giant cardboard submarine. The sub is the mascot for the playground project, kids will be able to go inside it, pick it up and walk along the red pathway that will wind through the play area, creating “islands” or “maker spaces” where kids will be able to build using recycled and renewable materials like  plastic bottles and bamboo.


The giant submarine hasn’t left us much time for anything else, but somehow we’ve managed a few victories back on shore. Courtney (Smith’s communications director) and I worked together to design playground signage and the following day, succeeded (despite the humidity) to transfer the vinyl design onto our chalkboard painted easel. Along with the first sign, there is a permanent sign that reads “If I had a submarine. I would…” that has already proved to be a success.


Our last and very exciting success came Wednesday during the Wawa Welcome America event at Smith to celebrate the 4th of July. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter came to read to the kids and we managed to get him to sit on one of our very own building hero benches!


While the first 3 days of the Smith Playground have been a huge success, the fun is only just beginning. We’ll be posting here on the building hero blog regularly with updates on all our latest projects, so check back soon, and if you want fresh, just out of the oven building hero news, be sure to follow us on twitter @beabuildinghero

– Wynn Geary


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