For their Centenial Project, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, the Peninsula Rotary Club Contributed to a Newport News City project in Deer Park called the Boundless Playground. This playground, the first of its kind in Virginia, is designed so that it can be a fun place for all children--those with various physical challenges, and their friends and families as well. In addition to the picnic shelter shown below, our Rotary Club contributed educational items in the playground, a drinking fountain, and landscaping.
When Rotary International President Bill Boyd visited the area, he stopped at the Boundless Playground and posed at the Peninsula Rotary Club's picnic shelter with some of the key people who worked on the project.
Some materials for the shelter, such as shingles, were contributed by local businesses. Except for these few items, the picnic shelter was designed, engineered, and built entirely by members. Michael Poplawski, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City, calls it "a new standard" for shelters of its type.
A second shelter at the playground is underway as this web page is being written.
Matthew Strehle, son of Rotarian Susan Strehle, has an interest in frogs. After waiting through the formalities of Rotary International President Bill Boyd's visit to the Boundless Playground, he was finally able to talk to Boyd, a New Zealand native, about the frogs of New Zealand.