Park Build in the Desert

500 volunteers work together to transform an empty dirt lot into a 20,000 sq ft park for children...in less than 5 hours.


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Not only does ACCESS take great pride in having the opportunity to deliver unique programs and experiences for our repeat clients across the country and around the world, we appreciate and look forward to the challenge when a valued long-term clients comes to us and says “what can we do to top last year?!”  So when Dräger Medical recently asked us this question, we knew them well enough to know that helping them build a park from the ground up would do exactly that.

500 Dräger employee volunteers showed up at Sunshine Acres, a home for children that have been separated from their parents – whether it’s due to their parents’ drug abuse, physical abuse, illness or even jail. Those volunteers proceeded to do the seemingly impossible; transform an empty dirt lot into a 20,000 sq ft park for the kids – something the staff at Sunshine Acres had desperately wanted and needed for more than 5 years.

In less than 5 hours, the volunteers installed irrigation/water lines, laid down 4000 sq ft of grass/sod, planted 300 trees and bushes, hand-built and hand-painted park benches, hand-built and hand-painted planter boxes and constructed a walking path around perimeter of the park.

And if that wasn’t enough, the team also had enough time to re-surface an existing skateboard park, re-surfaced an existing basketball court, beautified a concrete center road divide with soil, various plants and flowers, and ssembled dozens of “build-a-bear” teddy bears for children living at the home.

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