Speaking of greening the burn:
-Isn't it a shame when you complete an art project and there are all these interesting looking bits of wood that you have no use for?
-How long have you held onto a steering wheel, leaky boat, slide, or other special piece of a larger work of art because it's just too cool to get rid of, even though you have no plans for it?
-Are you going to destroy a project that could be disassembled, because you don't know what to do with it afterwards anyway?
Well guess what? The Berkeley Marina is home to a rare treasure which needs these kinds of materials - the Adventure Playground.
An adventure playground is a place where children can play with saws, hammers, and paint to construct their own play structures. They are prevalent in Europe and Australia, but there are only a handful in the United States, because of the litigious nature of our nation (though the accident rate at adventure playgrounds is actually lower than padding and bar playgrounds!).
The playground is currently most in need of certain types of green nails, and tempera paint. However, they are always looking for donations of creative materials such as unpainted, nail free wood, ladders, slides, pianos, surfboards, mailboxes, whatever!
You can visit the playground to get an idea of what they are looking for (and how wonderful they are), and you can also call them to see what materials of yours they are interested in. For more information, see these links:
Article about the playground, Family Adventures: Looking for Mr. Dangerous At the Berkeley Adventure Playground ("The Berkeley Adventure Playground isn't so much a park as a hippie commune populated by an industrious collective of people under four feet tall."):