By David Kligman
SANTA ROSA — Like an old-fashioned barn raising, hundreds of volunteers built a playground in six hours this past weekend.
It was a coordinated marvel as community members pitched in—from raking mulch and painting recycling holders to pouring cement and assembling the equipment. Some said they had never held a tool before.
“You did it!” Jen Gallagher yelled in a bullhorn after the hard work was completed. PG&E partnered with Gallagher’s Kaboom!, a non-profit that has built 2,000 playgrounds over the past 15 years nationwide.
PG&E is paying the majority of the cost—$200,000—to build playgrounds in Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo and Fresno over consecutive weekends this month. See the playground being built in this video from the first playground build, at Santa Rosa’s Roseland Elementary School.