Golden Valley Play Equipment Installed Thanks to One Good Deed
Kindness can take on many forms. At Golden Valley’s Brookview Park, sweat equity mixed in with some construction expertise were the cornerstones of a community service project on Sept. 8.
It’s a project that involved building and installing new playground equipment.
“It’s just a wonderful, natural edition and a great use of space,” said Michelle Christensen, executive director of One Good Deed.
One Good Deed is a Golden Valley-based nonprofit consisting of hundreds of volunteers.
“It just gives you pride in your community, and it’s definitely going to be a place that I bring my son,” said Sam Dalquist, a volunteer from Crystal. “And [it] kind of feels cool that I helped put it together in some small part.”
Whether it’s spreading mulch or tightening bolts, the volunteers do the work simply because they want to perform acts of kindness for others.
“We have one good deed that we do a month,” Christensen said. “This is September’s good deed. Some good deeds are large, some are small.”
Playground equipment for children age 2-12
Friday’s playground equipment installation would count as one of the larger “good deeds.” Christensen partnered with the city of Golden Valley and Design Tree Engineering to build four play pods at Brookview Park, as well as at nearby Lions Park.
All told, it’s a $75,000 gift to Golden Valley, paid for entirely through grants and donations.
“It’s such a wonderful, beautiful thing,” Christensen said. “And I think the longevity of our group, and the expansion of it, really does show how much kindness there is in the world.”
This particular act of kindness is something that families will be able to enjoy for decades to come.
“It feels good,” said Dalquist, the volunteer. “It doesn’t feel like work.”
The volunteers finished the installation in four hours. An official dedication ceremony will take place on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.