New KaBOOM! playground constructed in Whitehall

(by Harry Funk / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

woman helps to install playground mulch

When she heard the numbers, Eilah Brown broke into a broad smile.

“Are you serious?” she asked.

Jim Guffey, executive director of South Hills Interfaith Ministries, reassured her that 350 volunteers were, indeed, there Saturday to help build a new playground at Whitehall Borough’s Wallace Park.

Ms. Brown is a project manager for KaBOOM!, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit group that coordinates the construction of playgrounds nationally. Organizers had expected somewhat fewer participants in Whitehall.

“The goal was 200, with hopes that 160 actually showed up. It’s the idea of giving back and helping neighbors who need help,” Mr. Guffey said about the turnout.