Last week, a friend and I installed playground equipment at 3 separate locations on the northeastern edge of the Navajo Nation. The first was at a preschool in Montezuma Creek, Utah. There we installed a domed-shaped, monkey-bar set that we had salvaged from a West Jordan family.
In Shiprock, New Mexico, we installed a double-wide, 4-seat swing set at an arid community park on the San Juan River. We also provided the parts to replace a missing chain and swing seat. We were aided in our efforts by a college intern and several other Navajos. It was a hot day and it was great to have help. The Navajo group is working enthusiastically to improve the community’s parks. We promised to return with more outdoor playground equipment.
Lastly, we installed a ladder-styled, monkey-bar set at St. Christopher’s Mission located near Bluff, Utah. It was made of chain-link-fence pipe and pressure-treated wood. However, the installed design needs some simplification; it is too complicated and takes too much time and effort to install. The monkey-bar set joins 3 previous installed features: a swing set, teeter totter, and slide.
Most of the parts for the Navajo playground installations were provided by a Salt Lake City NGO–Navajo Santa.