Carbondale rocks |

Carbondale rocks

Dear Editor:

To all of our dear valley-wide community members – especially our Carbondale friends – thank you! With your unconditional giving of your time, materials, effort and expertise – and most importantly, your fantastic “can do, happy to do it” attitude, you built the most totally awesome playground in the valley!

For those who are not aware, on Sunday we finished building an “All Volunteer,” nearly all donated materials and supplies, playground at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. It is now officially dubbed Crystal River Park! Y’all should come on over and check out what a community can do when we set our hearts to it.

The playground – physically – was started Wednesday, April 27, at 7 a.m. and completed Sunday (Mayday!) at 5 p.m. – just in time for our ribbon cutting ceremony! (It was initiated nearly a year ago by a very dedicated and passionate crew obtaining grants, sponsors, donations, volunteers, etc. It would never have happened without their diligent efforts!) If you can’t make it to see it in person, you can go to Crystal River Elementary School Playground Build on Facebook to see pix of the whole process from start to finish.

Seeing as there were well over 350 volunteers, it is impossible to thank each and everyone of you individually. In the coming weeks, we will list all of our wonderful sponsors. I just want, and need, to get a shout-out now of extreme thanks to everyone involved. For me, it was the most spirit-lifting experience I’ve ever felt in this incredible valley: And I volunteer bunches!

Thank you all so much! Y’all rock … and roll! And much thanks to Momma Sopris for the protection from the elements. Though it may have been very cold at times, She spared us any significant amount of snow/rainfall. We rock, Sopris rules! We have the best community in the world!

Peace, love, music and happiness – and community, to everyone! I look forward to our next project: Crystal River Clean-up on May 7. Y’all come on out, it’s a blast and ya feel so good during and after on any project you volunteer with.

Feel the love! Give the love! Live the love!

Daniel C. MacEncletus


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