Written by Phil Cerroni
By Sissy Courtney
Saws buzzed, drills whirred, hammers pounded and shovels scraped as community volunteers came together this week to rebuild Coppell Kid Country, a children’s playground in Andy Brown Park East. The Kid Country Committee coordinated the community effort and has raised $465,000 of the $500,000 needed for the project.
A sculptor from Tennessee arrived with a large hippopotamus and a giant squirrel that will be placed in the park when the construction is complete. Coppell High School art students drew pictures depicting nature such as birds, animals, flowers, and fish. A mosaic artist from Dallas came each day to oversee the many hands that arrived throughout the week to turn the drawings into mosaic creations.
The mosaics were added to the sculptors of the hippo and squirrel. Each corner of every tile had to be sanded to prevent edges scraping children’s arms and legs when they finally get to climb the sculptors.
Alerts went out during the week asking for more volunteers. The group plans to finish the project by Sun., Oct. 7. Volunteers and monies are still needed, so drop by Kid Country at 255 Parkway Boulevard if you have either to spare this weekend.