Community Build To Construct Pirate Ship Playground

By  //  December 19, 2012

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Volunteer Event Wednesday In Palm Bay

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A new pirate ship playground will drop its anchor today at Palm Bay’s newest park off of Port Malabar Boulevard and Riviera Drive. 

A new site plan for “ARC Park” in Palm Bay calls for a rubberized walking trail, pirate-themed playground, picnic tables and replacing an existing gazebo at the park. (Image courtesy Palm Bay Parks and Recreation)

Palm Bay Parks and Recreation along with its donating partners, Advanced Recreation Concepts and BCI Burke, is hosting a community build project from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the proposed “ARC” Park located at 1381 Riviera Drive in Palm Bay.

All community members are encouraged to volunteer at the project site.

Volunteers can work all or part of three shifts; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 to 6 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

Participants will help assemble the massive pirate ship playground including its safety surfacing, slides, ladders, interactive play panels, portals, masthead, and the more than 200 bolts, screws, latches and pieces that will bring a 50-foot by 40-foot concrete slab to life as a child’s sea faring battleground.

“This is a unique opportunity for the community to take ownership of its new park and playground,” said Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Director Heidi Lapin.  “No special construction skills are required.  We just need as many hands on deck as we can get.”

The new “ARC” Park at 1381 Riviera Drive in Palm Bay will be the site of a new pirate-themed park and playground for children. (Image by Ed Pierce)

The pirate ship is donated by BCI Burke based in Wisconsin.

The safety surfacing is donated by Advanced Recreation Concepts based in Melbourne.

The donation, valued at $65,000, is an effort by the companies to give back to the community and partner with the city to offer positive, healthy activities for residents.

Experts from the manufacturers of the playground equipment and safety surfacing will supervise the build and provide instruction to the volunteers.

The goal of the community build is to involve the residents in improving the neighborhood.

“What better way to promote community than to get the neighbors together perhaps for the first time in a fun, one of a kind project,” Lapin added.  “It’s like assembling a massive backyard playground and making new friends in the process.“

All volunteers must sign a waiver and parents must sign for any volunteer under the age of 18.

To register, call 321-953-8912 or visit