Remember Build Week

Click here to watch Taz Tally’s fabulous Time Lapse Video of Build Week.


Build Week was a blast!

Three ways to watch Taz Tally’s video of the opening celebration (for smart phone, wi-fi, and broadband). The first link downloads the easiest:


Check out Chris Palmer’s beautiful photos from Build Week here.


Peruse these daily albums of Build Week:

Build Week Day 1

Build Week Day 2

Build Week Day 3

Build Week Day 4

Build Week Day 5

Build Week Day 6

Build Week Day 7

Build Week Day 8


The Homer Playground Project (HoPP) is a volunteer-led campaign to replace the existing playground at Karen Hornaday Park (Homer’s largest city park) with a new and larger playground. Kids and other community members will help design the playground and volunteers will build it!

Everyone loves a great playground. A well-designed, well-built playground is a joy to experience. It helps a community raise happy, healthy kids. It makes the community more attractive to residents and visitors, whether they have kids or not. It’s a sign that a community cares about kids and families and cares about its future.

It takes a community to build a great playground. If you care about kids, play, and quality of life in Homer, you need to be involved in HoPP! Being involved can be a simple as making a financial contribution or as interesting as learning about playground design and construction and lending a hand in creating the new play space. Join us!

Click here to view the current playground design!

What will the new playground be like?
Community input will help determine the final design. There is broad agreement at this point that the new playground will be a hybrid between traditional play structures like swings and slides with “natural playground” features that might include boulders, mounds, logs, and stepping stones. To incorporate all this cool stuff, the new playground will be bigger than the existing one.

When will the new playground be completed?
The HoPP timeline calls for project design in fall 2011 and construction by the end of summer 2012. Fundraising is obviously a key to success and will be ongoing.

Can volunteers really build a nice big playground?
Yes! HoPP is using a proven model. The community-built playground model has been used in thousands of towns around the country and recently in Soldotna, Seward, Talkeetna, and Girdwood. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun and will help stretch our community dollars.

Will there be any professional help?
Yes. HoPP has contracted with Play By Design, professional playground consultants who will be with us every step of the way. They’ve had decades of experience working with communities to design and build playgrounds and have been part of the community-built playground projects in Soldotna, Seward, and other Alaskan towns. Our consultants will ensure the new playground meets established safety standards. The City of Homer Public Works Department will also be involved.

Who will own and maintain the new playground?
The City of Homer owns and manages Karen Hornaday Park for the benefit of the community. The City will assume ownership of the playground once it is completed. Maintenance is an important issue. Community involvement through the new Adopt-a-Park program and HoPP’s efforts will help ensure the new playground gets the ongoing attention it needs.

How much will the playground cost?
HoPP is working to raise at least $200,000 to cover all costs from design through construction.

Where will the money come from?
In other towns that have built playgrounds, most of the money comes from individuals and businesses in the community. A lesser amount comes from grants and local government. We expect it will be the same here. Community is the key.

Bring your enthusiasm for the new playground and your cell phone to HoPP’s Call-A-Thon…Wednesday, April 25, 5:00 – 7:30 pm. 

Help recruit volunteers for Build Week work shifts. Food and childcare provided. RSVP to

Kids Invited to help Raise Funds – Be Permanently Recognized in Park! Saturday, April 21, 12 – 2 at Homer High School Gym

Join us for the HoPP-A-Thon on Saturday, April 21, at the Homer High School from 12noon – 2pm for kids ages 12 years and under.  Kids are invited to get pledges for time “HoPPed” around a course in the high school gym.  Any form of motion counts….walk, skip, run, jump, hula hoop, hop … as long as you keep moving.  All kids who raise $50 or more will have their name permanently engraved on a fence picket in the new park.  For pledge sheets and additional information click here, or call Derotha Ferraro at 235-0397/1093.

Join HoPP for an informative and inspiring public presentation: All About Build Week, Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 – 7:00 at Paul Banks Elementary School  Find out how volunteers can build Homer’s new playground in only 8 days and how you can be part of the action. Lee Archin, one of the professional playground designer/builders will be on hand to explain the process and answer questions. He’ll be returning to Homer in May to supervise Build Week (Sunday, May 20 – Sunday, May 27). Refreshments will be served.

Join HoPP for the Winter Carnival, February 10 – 11, 2012
This year’s theme is “PLAY, PLAY THE HOMER WAY” and what says PLAY better than a fantastic new playground? Join HoPP for the fun:

Saturday, February 11th at 11am, Homer High School Parking Lot Grab your red wagon, sled, or other non-motorized transportation…and meet up with the FANTASTIC car-sized replica of a Radio Flyer wagon–built and driven by Judy Foster and Fred Keller–for the parade start at noon. Wear your HoPP shirt over your snow gear…or play it up with a costume!

Saturday, February 11th, 1 – 4pm, Paul Banks Carnival  Join lots of kids and families for the very popular Paul Banks Carnival. There will be games, facepainting, and food…as well as a chance to buy engraved fence pickets and check out Judy and Fred’s wagon close-up.


HoPP is working to raise at least $200,000 to cover all costs from design through construction. We need your support!

1.Become a Play Sponsor…”Buy” a Slide, Climber, or Other Feature:

Make a lasting gift by sponsoring an individual piece of playground equipment. You or your employer, business, church, association, or other entity will be recognized on a plaque permanently affixed to “your” swing, slide, climbing structure or other play feature. Check out a list of components still available for sponsorship HoPP Component Price List

2. Donate Online:

Make an online donation through the Homer Foundation’s secure online site. Important! Write HoPP in the “Designation” box.

3. By Mail:

Checks should be made out to HoPP/Homer Foundation and sent to:
PO Box 1498
Homer, AK 99603

4. Donate in other ways:

Make a Pledge: Print, fill out, and mail in HoPP’s Pledge Form or contact Miranda Weiss at (907) 299-5550.


HoPP is a group of volunteers—parents, grandparents, and other community members—who care about kids. We came together in the spring of 2011 because many of us had seen amazing playgrounds in other towns and believed our kids deserved a better playground here.

HoPP has a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Homer and the Homer Foundation, the project’s fiscal sponsor. This document ensures we have the official greenlight from the City of Homer and that donations to HoPP are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Contact HoPP at:
P.O. Box 1498
Homer, AK 99603

Find us on Facebook at Homer Playground Project