Let there be blue!!

If you’ve visited the Uniroyal Goodrich Park  since August 2 & 3, you might have noticed the bright blue roof that now completes the rainwater structure being built there over the last few weekends! What a dramatic finish! Were were very fortunate to have the steel roof material donated to the Community Garden by Vicwest. And of course, another great crew of helpers!

Read on to see how the day unfolded, how we raced against the wicked Saturday afternoon rain and thunderstorm and how 650 screws makes a roof a beautiful thing.

Trent laid out a great plan for our weekend, that would see the steel roof installed & completed!

Order of Operations: Trent laid out a great plan for our weekend, that would see the steel roof installed & completed!

This is what 50 years of working together looks like! Juanita's parents came out to help on Saturday - and they have lots of experience of working together after 50 years on a farm!

This is what 50 years of working together looks like! Juanita’s parents, David & Marjorie Metzger,  came out to help on Saturday – and they have lots of experience of working together after 50 years on a farm!

Our building mascot was on the scene again this weekend, always checking to make sure we are being safe and sticking to the building plans!

Our building mascot was on the scene again this weekend, always checking to make sure we are being safe and sticking to the building plans!

It's always the good preparation that makes the work go smoothly. The numbers told us where to mark the steel sheets in order to make sure there were attached to all the strapping underneath. No one wants steel sheets blowing off in a wind storm :)

It’s always the good preparation that makes the work go smoothly. The numbers told us where to mark the steel sheets in order to make sure there were attached to all the strapping underneath. No one wants steel sheets blowing off in a wind storm 🙂

With every piece attached to the roof, the teamwork becomes super efficient!  Dave Metzger (L), Dan (M), Trent (R)

With every piece attached to the roof, the teamwork becomes super efficient!
Dave Metzger (L), Dan (M), Trent (R)

Dave & Dan check on the quality control :)

Dave & Dan check on the quality control 🙂

When working on a building site without any power, teamwork is even more important for the tough jobs, like cutting full sheets of steel! Everyone took a turn, even Dan Glenn-Graham :)

When working on a building site without any power, teamwork is even more important for the tough jobs, like cutting full sheets of steel! Everyone took a turn, even Dan Glenn-Graham 🙂

It’s never a dull moment when working on community projects, and we felt like celebrities when the City of Kitchener Artist in Residence showed up to document some of our community building work! Through out his year long residency, Dwight Storring is documenting and preserving the stories of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods by collecting personal stories of residents. Thanks for coming by Dwight!

We work hard, and we eat a lot! This group knows how to do community building!

We work hard, and we eat a lot! This group knows how to do community building!

So nice to receive support from other gardeners in the form of food!!  Thanks for the sandwiches Lorrie! LOVE the nasturtium in there - great flavour!

So nice to receive support from other gardeners in the form of food!!
Thanks for the sandwiches Lorrie! LOVE the nasturtium in there – great flavour!

Alfred, from Queens Green Community Garden, has great metal work skills and he was more than willing to come back and help us for a second day. He attached all the trim work on the rainwater structure and the garden shed. Big thanks Alfred!

Alfred, from Queens Green Community Garden, has great metal work skills and he was more than willing to come back and help us for a second day. He attached all the trim work on the rainwater structure and the garden shed. Big thanks Alfred!

By the time we were completing the second side of the roof, the rain that threatened all day just couldn't hold off any longer. We were racing to get the last screws into the last sheet of steel!

By the time we were completing the second side of the roof, the rain that threatened all day just couldn’t hold off any longer. We were racing to get the last screws into the last sheet of steel!

Ana Gascon & Dave Metzger check on the quality control. Great work!

Ana Gascon & Dave Metzger check on the quality control. Great work – but let’s hurry, the rain is coming!

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And then Alfred said... "here comes the rain. No escaping it this time. It's gonna pour." And did it ever rain.

And then Alfred said… “here comes the rain. No escaping it this time. It’s gonna pour.”
And did it ever rain.

This really was a race against the rain. We literally had just enough time to jump off the ladders and under the roof before it started bucketing down.  At first we were over-joyed to be testing out our new roof, but then the wind started to pick up and soon we were soaked and running for the vehicle to hide out. The rain didn't let up for an hour!  But the roof works - that much is proven!

This really was a race against the rain. We literally had just enough time to jump off the ladders and under the roof before it started bucketing down.
At first we were over-joyed to be testing out our new roof, but then the wind started to pick up and soon we were soaked and running for the vehicle to hide out. The rain didn’t let up for an hour!
But the roof works – that much is proven!

On Sunday afternoon, Trent, Mark & Juanita added the finishing touches to the gable ends of the structure. Fiddle-y stuff, but it looks great!

On Sunday afternoon, Trent, Mark & Juanita added the finishing touches to the gable ends of the structure. Fiddle-y stuff, but it looks great!

There were a lot of angles to measure & cut, but we got them all without any waste!

There were a lot of angles to measure & cut, but we got them all without any waste!

And there, is something to celebrate. Can't you just picture yourself hosting a neighbourhood picnic under there?  While this structure will collect water for the community garden, it also belongs to the whole neighbourhood and we hope it becomes a wonderful gathering place for great community events!

And there, is something to celebrate. Can’t you just picture yourself hosting a neighbourhood picnic under there?
While this structure will collect water for the community garden, it also belongs to the whole neighbourhood and we hope it becomes a wonderful gathering place for great community events!

 

Next steps to complete this magnificent project is to attach the eavestrough, install the downspouts and set up the rain collection tanks. And the, then it can rain, rain, rain and we will have plenty of water for our beautiful garden!

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