Several years ago, employees from the Bureau of Reclamation, using surplus supplies, constructed a small two-seat swing set for the residents of Westwater, a small Navajo community located adjacent to Blanding UT. Soon after that, the GEO Club (student volunteers from Brigham Young University) constructed a small elevated fort with a slide that was contributed by Hearts and Hands in Action (a Utah NGO that does a lot of work on the Navajo Reservation). Eventually a seesaw, fire pit with short benches, and a picnic table were added. And a Utah Valley artist/fabricator contributed a large metallic spider. Local Blanding residents dropped off colorful giant blocks.
All these recreational facilities were installed in an area that had previously been used for a dump. The area was cleaned up and flattened, and made into a combination playground and outdoor meeting area useful to both children and adults. The old tires from the dump turned out to be very useful.
Recently a group from the LDS Manila 1st Ward from northern Utah expanded the playground facilities. Now Westwater has a very sophisticated community park area. The volunteers added a large pavilion and an exercise area (which incorporated the sculptural spider and large blue blocks). They also enhanced the fire pit area. The park is a vivid demonstration of what can be accomplished with limited resources and groups of dedicated volunteers.