Rebuild Committees

The Steering Committee has been meeting and planning with Play by Design for nearly a year – now it’s time to assemble our team of community volunteers!


General Coordinators  For questions about the overall project, contact Mark Schreiber of the City of La Porte Parks and Recreation Superintendent or Julie Pitman.


Volunteer Coordinator  Lindsey Cooper has volunteered to coordinate more than six days of community volunteers. Whether you’re a skilled cabinetmaker or you can hand out water to volunteers, we need everyone in the community. Sign up online to volunteer and Lindsey will match you with the perfect committee for you skills.

Design & Materials  Brian Larson lends his construction industry expertise in helping to foster the playground design through all its stages, and also to coordinate all of the materials needed to bring it to fruition.

Fundraising  With a combination of donations from members of the community, a matching grant from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, funding from The La Porte City Park Foundation, and The Healthcare Foundation of Laporte, we exceeded our fundraising goal! Additional contributions will certainly not be turned down. Contact Michelle Shirk and/or Cindy Berchem for information.

Tools  As luck would have it, Rod Albertson of Larson-Danielson Construction has volunteered to reprise his role as the tools coordinator for the Fort La Play Porte build in 1999.

Food  Brett Binversie, Civic Auditorium Director, is securing donations from local restaurants, organizations, church groups, etc. to feed volunteers during construction. Up to 90 volunteers will stop to rest and eat at each 30 minute meal break – one at 12pm and one at 5pm. If being part of feeding volunteers is how you’d like to contribute, indicate so on the volunteer form, and/or contact Brett.

Childcare  Stephanie Gadd  brings her experience as the Assistant Director of Toddle Tykes Day Care to coordinate volunteers in the supervision of children while parents are working on the playground site.

Site Coordinator  Paul Vincent,Senior Project Manager at RQAW Corp., will be working with City of LaPorte Park and Recreation to prepare the job site and oversee the construction – working closely with the Play by Design team and the Construction Crew Supervisors.

Construction Crew Supervisors: (We’re looking for 8-10 who can commit to at least 80% attendance from Monday-Saturday.)

    • Construction Crew Supervisors (10)
      • Need to be at build for all days of the build 7:00am to 8:00pm
      • 5 men & 5 women
        • 3 or 4 out of 10 need to be skilled
        • All 10 must be physically able for all 5 days of build
        • People who have no problem delegating
      • What do they do on build?
        • Arrive at 7:00am everyday of the build (1 hour before volunteers arrive to get organized)
        • PBD consultant will tell the crew supervisors what to do and the crew supervisors will turn around and explain to their crew what needs to be done

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