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Councilman donates labor for playground
Employees of Quality Services International work to assemble new playground equipment in the St. Hedwig City Park.
ST. HEDWIG -- The children of St. Hedwig are one step closer to having a new playground ready and available for use in the city park. After months of delay, donated equipment has been assembled and is awaiting its final stages of work, thanks to city Councilman Francisco Arevalo.
Arevalo, the owner of Quality Services International, donated $950 of labor and equipment costs to assemble the new playground.
“When we got the call regarding the equipment, we had a subcontractor go get it from the Houston area,” Arevalo said. “I let them use my trailer to bring the equipment down and since then, it’s been sitting there.”
One of the main obstacles to the city moving forward on the construction of the equipment was it couldn’t find a contractor which met the insurance requirements necessary for the playground.
“Many local contractors which would have been able to do it didn’t have the insurance to get it done,” Arevalo said. “My company carries the insurance necessary for the assembly of the equipment, so I said I would donate the labor to get it done.”
Quality Services International deployed two workers, who completed the job in about a week. The total cost for the labor to erect the play equipment was $950.
“The labor for the playground was done in a full week and a day,” Arevalo said. “We have to give back to the community that we live in; it’s very important to do so. That piece of equipment is a high-dollar playground worth thousands of dollars. The people who donated it were constructing a new one, so they were willing to part with a nice piece of equipment.”
Approval for the next phase of construction for the new playground was granted by the St. Hedwig City Council during its June 7 meeting.
“They are going to put a concrete curb around the playground next,” Arevalo said. “It was also decided that the bottom of the playground would be mulched-up rubber, which is what most newly constructed playgrounds are using. The community of St. Hedwig means so much to so many people; giving back to the community is just the right thing to do.”
The city received the playground equipment last fall, from a homeowners association near Houston. The city’s only cost at the time was $1,500 to transport the equipment to St. Hedwig from the Houston area.
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