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CHR adds playground for its Airport Way complex

By Staff | May 20, 2015

Community Housing Resources recently made an addition at its Airport Way apartment complex, with volunteers building a playground for the residents’ children. It’s been a hit with the youth at Airport Way. BRIAN WIERIMA

There was a nice improvement to the Community Housing Resources’ Airport Way complex, with the addition of a playground for the residents’ children.

The entire project was done by volunteers and was an accepted addition by Airport Way’s residents.

“It is great to live in a community where so many people and organizations truly care about others,” said Richard Johnson, who is the CHR board president. “This new playground is evidence of this caring, along with the smiling faces of the kids in our CHR community at Airport Way.

“Many thanks to our friends and supporters that made this possible, including Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Foundation, R.S. Walsh Landscaping, Tim Smith Brick Paver, CHR’s George Campean, Dave Burnett, Dave Wolfe, Ted Dormann, Ken Shearer and other hard working volunteers.”

As soon as the equipment was constructed, youngsters quickly discovered the playground and wasted no time testing it out for themselves.

“We hope that this playground will see many years of enjoyment,” said CHR board member and volunteer coordinator George Campean, who was instrumental in the project’s development.

At the start of the project, a great deal of ground preparation was needed, including clearing the overgrown brush and the addition of dirt to raise the play area for proper drainage.

R.S. Walsh Landscaping relocated three native palm trees to make more space, after which a cement retaining wall was built by Tim Smith Brick Paver and more dirt and mulch added by the landscapers. R.S. Walsh also donated a beautiful native clusia rosea tree and planted other decorative plants around the outside of the wall.

The last step was to construct the actual play equipment, which was completed by CHR volunteers Dave Burnett and Dave Wolfe.

“As soon as the equipment was built and tested for safety, the kids were on it in a flash,” Kelly Collini, CHR Executive Director said. “We have several families living in Airport Way and their kids really needed a nice place to hang out and play.

“This is just in time for the summer when they’ll be off school and needing recreation close to home. This project shows how island generosity and a volunteer spirit can make life better, especially for our kids. I’m really proud of everyone who had a part in this.”

CHR is the City of Sanibel’s designated Housing Foundation. It is charged with carrying out the City sponsored Below Market Rate housing Program. CHR offers affordable housing on Sanibel for the island workers and seniors.

CHR properties on Sanibel include Center Street, Woodhaven, Lake Palms, Casa Mariposa, Mahogany Way, Beach Road, Rabbit Road, Algiers, Riverview, Airport Way and Sanibel Highlands.

The rental units of CHR are leased at below market rate rents. Homeownership opportunities are available through CHR’s Limited Equity Ownership (LEO) Program. Residents are selected from applicants which meet income and eligibility requirements.