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Ferndale’s Star Park nearly done but still closed for final work

Volunteers build Star Park in Ferndale

Volunteers work on the Star Park playground in Pioneer Park in Ferndale Thursday, June 2, 2016. The project should be finished Sunday.
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Volunteers work on the Star Park playground in Pioneer Park in Ferndale Thursday, June 2, 2016. The project should be finished Sunday.

Star Park is closed for now as volunteers put the finishing touches on the city’s newest playground after a brief opening ceremony Sunday, June 5.

Though there’s no definitive date and time set for when the park will open for good, it will stay closed at least through Monday, June 6, said Ferndale spokesman Riley Sweeney. Weekend temperatures that peaked in the mid-80s, along with graduation weekend for Ferndale High School, stifled the efforts to complete the park on time, Sweeney said.

Volunteers are now adding extra safety components, like support struts, to some of the park’s features, painting fixtures and putting caps on posts, Sweeney said.

The park, which began construction Tuesday, May 31, was built almost entirely with volunteer labor. Local organizations, businesses and community members also donated food, time and more to make the park a reality, Sweeney said.

“If I listed all the organizations and groups and businesses and individuals that helped with this park, we’d be here all day and all night and probably into the week,” Sweeney said. “This was truly a community effort, and I’m honored and touched that they all stepped up to make this happen.”

Despite the delays, organizers still held an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sweeney said. The ceremony was pushed past its original 5 p.m. scheduling to allow volunteers to address any life-safety issues with the park before allowing attendees to play in it briefly, Sweeney said.

“We’re honored and delighted to have such a fantastic park,” Sweeney added. “I think it’s really going to be a crown jewel in our community.”

Volunteers work on the Star Park playground in Pioneer Park in Ferndale Thursday, June 2, 2016. The project should be finished Sunday.

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