May 8, 2014

Marengo_Playground_BEFOREWhat’s it take to make a playground feel like new?

D.U.D.E.S., of course.

Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service was started in 2012 by six dads in South Pasadena. Their aim was to focus their energies  and do things. Take action and do things that would improve the educational resources for the kids in the area.

Secure enough in their identity to choose orange as their group color (shirts, ball caps, hoodies, etc.), D.U.D.E.S. has grown from 6 to 103 active members.

This past week they gathered at Marengo Elementary School to dedicate a new playground. Principal Kim Sinclair had expressed her desire for a new playground to replace the old, faded and extremely hot playground they’d had for far too long. She wanted a surface that would reduce the radiant heat on the playground by 10 to 15 degrees.

DUDES coordinated with the PTA and school district officials, then raised $30,000 (many thanks going to Barbara Lew, “a very sweet grandmother, who donated a large sum of the money for the project”), and they resurfaced the playground, put in a new irrigation system, and planted new trees.

We’re told that success of the project was due to not only the hard work of the DUDES, but to their “quick wits.” That must be a story in and of itself. (Any DUDES out there? Care to share?)

Cheers to these local fathers…


Dedicated DUDES:


DUDES at play:




Flintridge Books

Lyd and Mo Photography

Louis Jane Studios

Homage Pasadena