“We’ve got our play day planned,” said Griffin Special Projects Coordinator Vicki Hyatt. “It’s 15 days from today.”
The event is primarily for the children of the Thomaston Mill Neighborhood, although others are invited. It is intended to officially inaugurate the park, which has been open for some time after a workday sponsored by the Griffin Kiwanis Club.
“I’ve never seen so many kids in the park playing,” said Joyce Swigart, who lives in the neighborhood.
In addition to hours of unstructured play, the event will feature bean bag games with personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue, frisbees provided by Kaboom and hula hoops courtesy of the Main Street Program. Ron Cook, head of the ministry Rushton’s Hope, also said he had some games like a ball toss he could bring.
Rushton’s Hope will provide the food for the inaugural event. Cook said he would bring hot dogs, buns and probably potato chips. Hyatt said she would bring drinks.
The Wristbreakers Motorcycle Club — represented at the meeting by Lorenzo Lyons and Mantana Banks — volunteered to provide ice cream for the children. Lyons said the children of the neighborhood rarely have the opportunity to eat ice cream and cry when the truck goes by.
In order to prepare for the event, the committee arranged to meet at the park at 8 a.m. Sept. 15 to clean up the park. They will weed and mulch, repaint parts of the equipment, scrape some paint off the slide and paint numbers on the four-square court. They will also clean up the stream that runs by the park. Hyatt estimated that the work would only take two hours if they had 10 to 15 volunteers.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the play day should contact Hyatt at 770-233-4130, extension 398, or visit http://playday.kaboom.org/projects/42.