Soon, people from the neighborhoods surrounding the GRACE Main Offices on Shady Brook Drive in Grapevine and others seeking better lives for those in need, will come together and build a playground. Those precious hours—the four or five hours it will take to build the playground—volunteered on a brisk Saturday morning, will be the culmination of years of hoping, praying, advocacy and planning.

You are cordially invited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. The “Community Build” starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the GRACE, 610 Shady Brook Drive in Grapevine.

Parks and Recreation workers from the City of Grapevine will have most of the “heavy lifting” done—postholes will be augured and structural piping cemented in place. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 7:30am to check-in and enjoy a light breakfast before the work begins. Dress appropriately for hard work and for the weather. Parking is provided in the lot adjacent to the GRACE Main Office.

To become a part of this amazing day, contact GRACE Volunteer Manager Lara Sundell at 817.305.4653 or e-mail as soon as possible as space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the past, GRACE has sought grant funds for this playground, but a project like this—and the expense of demolition, rerouting infrastructure like utilities, earthmoving and all the other tasks before the first slipper slide went in—was more of a capital expense, and not something of interest to many granting agencies.

The City of Grapevine, though, envisioned the value of a park in this area.

“Our Parks and Recreation map showed us the way,” said Grapevine Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs. Although Grapevine provides many locations for children and families, none are in the area adjacent to the GRACE Main Office. “For many in the neighborhood, transportation to the next nearest park was a problem. Plus, sites like this help build community cohesiveness—families and neighbors getting to know each other, and understanding better the struggles they share,” said Ms. Hibbs.

The GRACE Playground will be a place of joy, peace and fun, and will remind us every day that we are here to serve those in need and help guide them to a better place.

After the cement has settled, the playground Grand Opening will be held on Friday, March 14 at 11:30am. A ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing of the playground will take place before a complimentary lunch. The occasion will mark the kick off of Feed Our Kids 2014; a GRACE program that provides lunches for local area children during spring break and the summer weeks when they may otherwise not receive one. RSVP for the Grand Opening Ceremony at


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