Throwing the bark

Rotarians are working hard to spruce up the play area at the WS Youth Center.

The White Salmon-Bingen Rotary Club is working to repair the play area behind the Washington Gorge Action Programs’ Community Youth Center on E Jewett Boulevard.

The club is sponsoring the service project with $1,000 for supplies, while Rotary District 5100 is matching the club’s funds for a total of $2,000 donated toward the completion of the project.

The club’s plans for the youth center play area renovation include cleaning and repairing the play structure in the backyard of the youth center and installing more play equipment.

The specifics of what type of equipment that will be added to the play area has yet to be determined, according to the president of the White Salmon-Bingen Rotary Club Tamara Kaufman.

Kaufman says the plans will come more into focus during regular club meetings, which are held every Tuesday at White Salmon United Methodist Church.

The project began Aug. 13, during what Kaufman calls the club’s “week of service.” She describes the week of service as a monthly event when, instead of the meeting at the church, she asks members of the club to volunteer that 1 hour meeting time to provide service to the community.

She says members have the flexibility to provide service in any way they can during the week of service.

Kaufman says she hopes the club’s members will participate in this service project, which she describes as being more “hands-on” than other projects the club sponsors.

“We’re trying to get 10 to 20 volunteers out there,” She said during an interview Friday morning at Mugs Coffee in Bingen.

Kaufman notes that volunteers have already clear-ed brush from the area and laid wood chips around the play structure.

“The goal is to provide a much safer, more fun environment,” Kaufman said.

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