DENVILLE, NJ – After raising more than $300,000 to renovate the playground at Gardner Field near the Denville Township Municipal Building and Police Department, “Build Weekend” has finally arrived. Community volunteers will install the new playground equipment on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. Each build day will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Last refurbished 22 years ago, Gardner Field Playground has been closed for renovations since July 5, 2018.

Excited about the collective efforts of Denville residents, Mayor Thomas Andes encourages all adults who are at least 18 years old to volunteer and participate in this fun and momentous occasion. For safety reasons, however, no one under age 18 will be permitted at the site. Although construction skills are not required to contribute, those with construction experience are urged to serve on Sunday when those abilities are needed most.

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While the installation of playgrounds by laypersons is a rarity in most municipalities, Andes noted that almost all Denville playgrounds have been built by community volunteers. This type of activity “gives ownership of the playground to the community,” he said. “It’s a beautiful community project and brings the community together.”

To enhance the camaraderie further, food and beverages will be served to all volunteers throughout each day.

If Build Weekend is as productive as expected, Andes anticipates a ribbon-cutting no later than the middle of October. More than 400 people attended the ribbon-cutting in 1996. Andes believes even more will be present to celebrate the culmination of Project Playground 2.0.

Click the links below to access the volunteer signup page and the list of tools needed.

Volunteer signup

Tools needed

To learn more about Project Playground 2.0, visit