July community build on the books for Kids Kastle in Highland Village

The Kids Kastle community build was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Rendering courtesy Play by Design/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Kids Kastle community build was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Rendering courtesy Play by Design/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Kids Kastle community build was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Rendering courtesy Play by Design/Community Impact Newspaper)

The community build for Kids Kastle, delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been scheduled for July 20-25.

This build will take on Phase 2 of the project. The first phase was completed by city staff, consultants from Play by Design, a company contracted to assist with the rebuild, and construction workers after the initial community build was canceled.

"We're needing folks to help with this, especially in the community," said Phil Lozano, parks and recreation director for Highland Village.

Roughly 50 people will be needed for each shift every day, and each day will have three shifts. There were 103 volunteers set up as of June 23, and 850 total are needed, Lozano said at a City Council meeting.

An additional 25 volunteers from local Lowe's locations will be available for at least two shifts of the build as well as Marcus High School football team members for two shifts.


Those who volunteer are asked to bring their own masks, but some paper masks will be available for those without, Lozano said. Temperatures will be checked at sign in for each shift.

If a volunteer were to not feel well the day of their shift, they are encouraged to stay home, he said.

Volunteers will work in smaller, spaced out groups with the assistance of an assigned foreman to help encourage social distancing during the build. Tools, gloves and drinks will be handed out by specific individuals to avoid spread. Tools will be assigned to groups and will be cleaned each day, and there will be eight hand-washing stations available outside portable toilets, both of which will be washed each day, Lozano said.

Lozano, Fire Chief Michael Thompson and Play by Design will go over site safety before shifts each day. A first aid station will also be present, another new addition from previous community builds, Lozano said.

The city, the three Lewisville ISD elementary schools in Highland Village, Briarhill Middle School and the Marcus campuses will be honored with time capsules during the Kids Kastle build.

More information on the community build as well as links to the volunteer sign up can be found on the Highland Village website.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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