On Friday, volunteers convened at the Thriftway Pocket park in Westwood to construct a playground facility for community youth. The playground was financed through a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program, which launched in Denver in 2014. Since 2012, LIFT programs have been welcomed by 32 communities, and the program has created over 8,750 homeowners. While the program traditionally focuses on increasing home ownership opportunities through down payment assistance, grants have opened to include community projects as well.

Volunteers from both Wells Fargo and Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) participated in the construction, which started at 8 am on Friday morning. By 4 pm that day, the playground was complete! Three members of Mile High Play Systems – the company ULC worked with the purchase the playground – also assisted in construction. Fencing remained around the perimeter of the playground until the following Tuesday as the cement settled, but it is now open to the public.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for dedicated your time towards creating a safe and inviting space for local youth in the Westwood community! We were particularly excited to meet Sergio, a Wells Fargo employee who volunteered with us on Friday. Sergio grew up in the Westwood neighborhood, and still lives there today. He was extremely excited when he learned about the future playground, as he now has a place to bring his young daughter near his home. It was great for ULC to meet a local member of the Westwood community who will positively benefit from the Thriftway pocket park, and we love seeing our work come full circle. Thank you again to everyone who participated!