~ It's finally built! ~
In June 2018, our playground was destroyed in a tragic fire. The ARCH Family was devasted. We had only had this playground for a year and in a matter of minutes, it was gone. We scrambled trying to figure out what our next step would be. Where would we find the money to replace this beloved play space?
ARCH created a GOFundMe account and we received SO much love and support from our community!
We are so grateful to everyone who donated and brought awareness to our cause. Thank you!
Soon after, ARCH partnered with KaBOOM!, Fiesta Bowl Charities, and AZSTA (Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority) to build a bigger and better playground. Again, the community rallied around us and supported us in the rebuild. We received an outpouring of emails and phone calls from the community asking how they could help.
On November 29
th, we hosted our Prep Day where about 75 volunteers came down to help us! Joe’s Diner, Einstein Bagel Bros., and Chompie's all donated breakfast items to start off the day. Volunteers sorted the equipment, painted walls, and prepped the lumber. Stumpy’s Pizza, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, and Pizza Heaven Bistro donated pizzas to feed everyone in attendance. Thank you!
On December 1
st, we broke ground for our playground. We had over 200 volunteers attend! We had both Phoenix and Glendale Fire Department, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Cactus High School’s JROTC, and several community members arrived bright and early ready to assist ARCH in the build. Pit Stop Smoke House not only donated hamburgers and chips for our Build Day but also cooked for us on site! Thank you! Thank you to La Piñata, and Rito’s Mexican Food for donating food as well. Upward Projects also donated a gift card towards feeding everyone. We are so grateful that we had enough food to go around!
Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped by donating food, time, money, and raffle items! Thank you to ALL the volunteers who took time out of their day to support us! Thank you to everyone who made this rebuild possible! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If you would like to see more photos of the Prep and Build Day Check out our blogs!