MISSOULA – Dragon Hollow at Caras Park in Missoula has open to kids in the community to come and play for 18 years but now, it’s time for the beloved park to get a facelift.
A Carousel for Missoula Executive Director Theresa Cox recalls what it felt like when they built the playground in 2001.
“You look down and you do your task and you look up and everything around you had changed because things happen so quickly on the build. We built up a lot of camaraderie,” Cox said.
“A lot of the people who [were] here on the original build are coming back to work on it again and a lot of those people are still my friends. Because we built up this tremendous relationship by doing something together for the community,” she added.
The staff at Dragon Hollow are asking again for the community to come forward to help them maintain this piece of Missoula. Crews are working to make the park more accessible to kids with all abilities including those with disabilities.
This wasn’t done in the past because the staff was told the structure was accessible but after some deliberation, the crew decided it wasn’t as easy as it should be for all kids to play.
“Because it was technically accessible we didn’t really think that much about it. It wasn’t until we got to the process of thinking about the refurbishment that we thought, as long as we were going to be doing the work anyway, we might as well add a little work on and make it so that it’s truly a welcoming playground for all children,” Cox said. “It is so important for children of all abilities to learn how to play together so as they get older they will be able to work together.
Volunteers are needed from May 14 until May 20. Click here if you’d like to lend a hand.