While I pretty much always love my job and enjoy the opportunities to review products and experience new places, some projects wind up claiming a piece of my heart and making me smile long after they are completed. My partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM!, and the folks of the Merrill Park Neighborhood on the is one of those projects.
Let me bring you up to speed in case you are new to Wisconsin Mommy. It all started back last winter when I was invited to sit in on a webinar that brought me behind the scenes at Dr Pepper Snapple group. I learned all about how they come up with flavors and also about their philanthropic programs including Let’s Play, one that helps to provide playgrounds to under-served communities.
A few months back, I shared that I was invited to become involved in Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!’s local project with Milwaukee’s own Merrill Park. I attended the first planning meeting and followed along as an amazing group of people took this idea and turned it into a actual physical reality. It was an incredibly inspiring experience and one that will definitely go down as a favorite project in my heart.
All of the planning meetings culminated in Build Day on September 12th. While it is true that the actual building had the playground up in just a matter of hours, I don’t want to gloss over the amount of work the committee put in ahead of build day. In addition to physical meetings, they held weekly planning calls and put in several days of prep digging holes and cutting wood so that build day could go smoothly.
Build day was amazing. We lucked out with one of those gorgeous fall days Wisconsin can provide – not too hot or too cold, bright and perfect. It’s one of those experiences that is hard to describe. I tried to capture some of it here:
I also loved watching all the different members of the community working together – seeing the Milwaukee police hauling mulch along side the students from Marquette University High School was a great sight.
Learn more about the different organizations that helped makeover the Merrill Park Playground:
and be sure to check out Nicole’s post about her experience at a similar build in Texas.