Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box / Qdoba,
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
RFMA did it! Many months ago, RFMA set out with the goal of renovating the existing playground at the East County Transitional Living Center. This goal came about because this specific area touched a spot in our heart as it was in such bad shape. Since it serves a critical need as it is the only enclosed area available to kids and families for playing/congregating, we just knew we had to do something to make it better.
And do something we did. Attached are pictures of the completed area which will now be opening for all kids (and residents) to use and enjoy. What did we do? We did the following:
- Removed all asphalt from the area (almost 4,000 sq feet).
- Added almost 2,000 sq feet of stained/stamped concrete
- Added rubberized turf to entire area surrounding the playground equipment
- Repaired the playground equipment including the addition of missing components such as swings.
- Refinished/Painted all the existing playground equipment
- Built a 20 foot long, built-in BQQ island with (2) commercial grade BBQs, concrete countertops, and work surface lighting.
- Poured new footings for the existing canopy structure to restore structural integrity of the unit.
- Provided all new, high-durability patio tables
This effort was all made possible due to some key partners that we need to recognize below:
- RD Engineering and Bob Davidson- they are a local contractor in San Diego who has close ties to ECTLC. RFMA wasn't able to cover the entire dollar amount needed to renovate this area so RD stepped up and partnered with us (when they didn't even have to as they have no affiliation with RFMA) to make our problems go away. They provided us with a contract to do the work at less than half the cost. This gesture alone was one of the main reasons we were able to complete this project.
- Versico Roofing and Chris Shermach - Chris and his team stepped up to donate a large amount of the rubberized mulch we needed for the new playground area.
- DarPro and Jim Schmieder/Mike Adams- Jim and Mike donated the new patio tables for this area. These are some nice tables!
- Volunteer monetary donations - various donations from the following people/companies helped provide RFMA with the funds needed to cover the costs we took on with RD engineering. Those parties are: Dentco, Massglass & door, DWM Facilities Maintenance, CMS mechanical, Rabine Paving, Don Turner with Darden, Jack McNertney with Red Lobster, MX Services, and Energy Sherlock.
- And last, but by no means least, Jeff Dover - for all the work he did behind the scene to push this effort through and ensure we never gave up on our goal.
Please join me in thanking everyone involved for their part in helping this wish of ours for ECTLC come true.
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