Beckville community comes together to rebuild playground destroyed by fire

Playground originally built by volunteers in 2011 burned down
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 2:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 7:41 PM CDT
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BECKVILLE, Texas (KLTV) - A group of East Texans is coming together to rebuild a community-built playground destroyed in a fire last year.

In November, the Beckville Community Playground burned down due to what is believed to be spontaneous combustion according to Amy English, the general coordinator of the playground project.

Beckville playground fire
Beckville playground fire

“It was tragic. It was heartbreaking,” she said.

English says the playground was originally built by community members in 2011. She says many of them have returned this week to help with the six-day rebuild.

Construction started Tuesday, and English says they hope to be done by Sunday at 5 p.m.

Rendering of the Beckville community playground.
Rendering of the Beckville community playground.(Courtesy photo)

Just as they did 10 years ago, the folks from Play By Design out of Ithaca, New York are in Beckville to oversee the process.

“This isn’t the easy way to build a playground,” said Lee Archin, co-founder of Play By Design. “It’s a lot easier to go to a catalogue and pick a playground, and install it. But the sense of ownership shows in the rebuild. I would say 80 percent of the volunteers out here volunteered their time 10 years ago.”

If you’re interested in volunteering with the build, they start each morning at 8 a.m. and work until 8 p.m. The work is separated into different shifts, although volunteers are welcome at any point.

You can find more information by visiting there Facebook page: Beckville Pride Playground Project.

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