Do your children or grandchildren play in Dragon Hollow? Were you one of the thousands of volunteers who helped construct the play area? Do you enjoy watching children play, or eating your lunch in the pavilion? Are you proud of what this community built together when Dragon Hollow was made?
A Carousel for Missoula invites you to be part of the fun and purpose on Dragon Hollow Maintenance Day, Thursday, May 30, 2013. Between 9am and 5pm, volunteers will seal wood, paint, make repairs, spread new engineered-wood fiber (wood chips) and, in general, make sure the play area is clean, safe and ready for a busy summer season. Dragon Hollow will be closed to the public during the maintenance.
Employees of the Home Depot, along with long-time, dedicated volunteers Tom Blunn and Larry Riley, will lead our efforts. Financial support for the project is being provided by the Home Depot, Larry and Dianna Riley, and Sandy Volkmann, designer/craftsman in wood.
“Thousands of children use Dragon Hollow each year,” says Theresa Cox, executive director of the Carousel, “and we don’t charge them or their families a penny for that privilege. We are, however, responsible for making sure the play area is in tip-top shape for our visitors, and that is a huge expense for a not-for-profit.
I want to encourage those whose children or grandchildren use Dragon Hollow to help us perform this important work to be sure their little ones are always safe when they play here, and that we can continue to be open to the public every day.”
Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome, but they must be at least 18 years of age. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers working during the noon hour.
Dragon Hollow Playarea was built by 4,000 volunteers in just nine days in the spring of 2001. Since that time thousands of children have enjoyed its many special playthings and artistic touches. In 2005, the Carousel gave the play area to the City, but retained responsibility for its maintenance, under the direction of the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. Dragon Hollow is maintained by A Carousel for Missoula Foundation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, at its expense. The public is welcome to use the play area free of charge.
For more information, to sign up to help maintain Dragon Hollow, or to find out how to provide financial help for Dragon Hollow maintenance, please call Theresa Cox at 549-8382.