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BAFB marks construction start for community-enhancing projects

From left, Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander; Col. Rose Jourdan, 460th Mission Support Group commander; Al Woolley, 460th Force Support Squadron director; and Cindy Stark, 460th Force Support Squadron family member programs chief, break ground for a new accessible community park near the chapel Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The groundbreaking ceremony also included mention of a new accessible playground set to replace a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

From left, Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander; Col. Rose Jourdan, 460th Mission Support Group commander; Al Woolley, 460th Force Support Squadron director; and Cindy Stark, 460th Force Support Squadron family member programs chief, break ground for a new accessible community park near the chapel Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The groundbreaking ceremony also included mention of a new accessible playground set to replace a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Tom Cox, 460th Force Support Squadron youth programs chief, left, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Tom Cox, 460th Force Support Squadron youth programs chief, left, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Chaplain (Maj.) David Del Prado, 460th Space Wing chaplain, left, gives the invocation during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground while Tom Cox, 460th Force Support Squadron youth programs chief, looks on Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Chaplain (Maj.) David Del Prado, 460th Space Wing chaplain, left, gives the invocation during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground while Tom Cox, 460th Force Support Squadron youth programs chief, looks on Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Cindy Stark, 460th Force Support Squadron family member programs chief, adjusts her hardhat for the official groundbreaking for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

Cindy Stark, 460th Force Support Squadron family member programs chief, adjusts her hardhat for the official groundbreaking for a new accessible community park and an accessible playground Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The community park will be located near the chapel, and the accessible playground will be a renovation of a current playground area. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

From left, Tom McGetrick, Michael O’Sullivan, Leonard Torres and Mutaz Said, all contractors working on the new accessible community park and new accessible playground projects, break ground at their construction site during a ceremony Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

From left, Tom McGetrick, Michael O’Sullivan, Leonard Torres and Mutaz Said, all contractors working on the new accessible community park and new accessible playground projects, break ground at their construction site during a ceremony Aug. 5, 2014, at the chapel on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000, are scheduled to be complete in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of Team Buckley broke ground on two new base projects aimed at enhancing the community environment and improving playtime for children Aug. 5 at the chapel.

The new construction includes an accessible community park complete with pathways, picnic areas and bike racks, as well as an accessible playground with a sandbox, art easels and musical instruments.

Projects like these relate to the newly coined phrase B3T: Building a Better Buckley Together, said Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander. "I think we're doing this at the right time and the right place ... to foster growth and development in the community."

The commander emphasized these projects are not just for the 460th SW. Rather, the entire Team Buckley community can take advantage of what the sites have to offer.

This park will benefit anyone who wants to contemplate, meditate or just enjoy the great outdoors, said Tom Cox, 460th Force Support Squadron youth programs chief. The playground "will ensure our children have a place to create memories."

Numerous organizations have been active in the development of these projects, which are estimated to cost approximately $500,000 total. From a five-person design team and more than a handful of contractors to representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various subcontractors, the collaboration on all sides has been instrumental in seeing these projects to fruition.

"It will be about six weeks to completion," said Terry McLeod, U.S. ACE construction control representative. "They have an aggressive schedule."

With approximately 14,000 square feet to construct at the park and approximately 8,000 square feet to renovate at the playground, the contractors will be busy to meet their goal of having the projects complete in September.

"I can't wait to get this done," exclaimed Tom McGetrick, regional operations manager for Betance Enterprises, Inc., the contractor responsible for the projects.
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