On July 24, Texas Roadhouse became the largest single donor to Pirate Playground by presenting a check for $22,000. With that amount, the playground will soon see an additional feature called the “Sway Fun.” Riders go up a ramp, take a seat (or bring their own!) in the boat-shaped area, and start the swaying! Take a look at this video of the ride!
Finally, after 5 years of planning, fund-raising, and building, PIRATE PLAYGROUND is ready to open! The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at Noon today, and the Grand “Play” Opening for children is tomorrow (May 10) at 9 AM. Hope you can join us for these joyous occasions! Can’t wait to show you the pictures of these events!
Everybody get your work gloves ready and come on down to the COMMUNITY BUILD DAY at the Pirate Playground on April 26. There will be plenty of jobs for all, including planting, assembling equipment, installing benches, and tidying up the place! Lunch will be provided onsite. Kids are welcome to come and help, too. Stay for an hour or stay all day – any amount of time you can spend with us is appreciated. This will be the last major effort needed to get the park ready for the grand opening in May (more info about that later), so WE NEED YOUR HELP. See you at the playground on April 26!
Many children from our community have been working extremely hard making pavers that will be used in Pirate Playground. These pavers will be showcased this weekend at our 4th Annual Heel-n-Wheel. Please come out to support this project by walking in this great event. Each dollar raised will be matched with two dollars from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
The fourth annual Heel-n-Wheel is coming March 29! This event supports the construction of the Pirate Playground. This year, we’re excited to have The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida as a partner. Through this organization, every dollar donated to the Heel-n-Wheel will be matched 2x. So, every $1.00 = $3.00!
We’ll begin the day at the Main Beach Skate Park with registration/check in at 9:00 – 9:45 AM. Bring a wheelchair or borrow one from us at the event. Decorate your wheelchair. After a brief welcome at 9:45 AM, we’ll hit the road on the 2-mile walk from the Skate Park to Atlantic Recreation Center and back. While you’re at the Rec Center, you can see the work already being done on the playground!
After the Heel-n-Wheel, join us at the Main Beach for the Slide Into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival benefitting the playground.
To register your team for the Heel-n-Wheel:
Fill out this form - Team Registration Form
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to 8 Flags Playscapes, PO Box 15158, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.
Download the participant pack for each member of your team - Page 1 Page 2 Participant packs are also available at Red Otter and the Atlantic Recreation Center.
Teams registering by March 7 will receive T-shirts.
Prizes will be awarded for the team that raises the greatest amount for the playground and for the team with the best decorated wheelchair. Teams or individuals will receive one free ticket to Slide Into Spring for each $150 raised.
See you at the Heel-n-Wheel!
Save the date – March 29! The City of Fernandina Beach is hosting a Music and Craft Beer Festival to benefit our Pirate Playground. Check out the event at www.slideintospring.com. All proceeds will be applied toward the construction of the park. Get your tickets today!