Help build a new playground at Crest Street Park
Posted on 08.09.2016, Tuesday

Do you enjoy building things? Do you enjoy working in a team? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you passionate about your community and giving back to your community? If the answer was “ YES” to any of the above, then you will love participating in this event!

Durham Parks and Recreation, Keep Durham Beautiful, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership, and the Crest Street Community are partnering with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. They need more than 80 volunteers to build a playground in one day. Volunteers do not have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools – they just have to be enthusiastic, energetic, team players, and willing to work hard and have fun!

Allowing children to explore the natural world provides a multitude of learning opportunities, and an outdoor play space can ignite a child’s learning and imagination in a way that is much different than inside the classroom. Aside from the well-known benefits of outdoor play – such as obesity prevention, learning from sensory experiences, and encouraging physical activity – engaging in meaningful outdoor activities has a deep impact on the healthy development of young children. Some of the most exploratory learning often takes place in nature, and this playground build is a great way to help make that happen for more children in Durham!

Prep-Day 1: Monday, August 22, 2016, 8 am- 4:30 pm
Prep-Day 2 (Tentative): Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8 am- 4:30 pm
Playground Build Day: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 8 am- 3:30 pm   * Most volunteers will be needed for this day*

Crest Street Park-  2503 Crest Street, Durham, NC 27705

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in this event, please complete the official volunteer registration form by clicking here.


  • Multiple volunteer role opportunities are available (Play Team: Youth Supervisors, Food Team, Registration Table Team, Team Leaders, and Build Day Volunteers.)
  • Food and beverages will be provided to all of our volunteers.
  • Prep day volunteers must be 18 + years of age.
  • Build day volunteers 16 -17 years of age are welcome to participate in the building at the construction sites with a KaBOOM! waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Youth 5-15 years of age are encouraged to participate in our fun youth activities but will not be permitted to participate in the building at the construction sites.
  • Child care will not be provided for children under the age of 5, please plan to arrange for your own child care.
  • This is a rain or shine event

Help create a beautiful and safe space for children to play in Durham!

About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on InstagramFlickr, and Twitter.

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