Whitehall park prepares for KaBOOM! project

(by Stephanie Hacke / TribLive)

An aged, gray jungle gym at Wallace Park in Whitehall will be transformed into a vibrantly colored play space — complete with three side-by-side slides and a boulder climbing rock.

All that’s needed are nearly 250 volunteers, six hours and some good weather Sept. 6.

“It will be a whirlwind,” said Kathleen Keating, project manager with the nonprofit Economic Development South.

Nonprofit South Hills Interfaith Ministries, or SHIM, based in Bethel Park, and Brentwood-based Economic Development South have partnered with Whitehall Borough to construct a KaBOOM! playground — in which the national nonprofit organizes a community to build a playground in a day — at the Whitehall park, nestled in the rear of the Whitehall Place housing complex. The project is funded through the Jefferson Regional Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.