Playground Construction Build Dates: March 5-10, 2019

The Engraved Picket Fundraiser is back! Reserve your personalized picket below.
Shift Times
1st Shift: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (lunch provided);
2nd Shift: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (dinner provided);
3rd Shift: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Age Requirements: 14+ to participate and 18+ to build the playground.
Register below!


The Castle Playground  has entertained young residents of Kingsport and the Tri-Cities area for decades. After a quarter-century, the iconic wooden structure has reached the end of its expected life. The construction of the reimagined Castle Playground, designed primarily by Andrew Johnson Elementary School students, is sponsored by the Andrew Johnson PTO, a non-profit organization. Our vision is to rebuild a community funded, accessible, innovative playground for all the children of Kingsport.

Children playing tug of war at the park


Whether you are a skilled craftsman or just wanting an opportunity to improve our community, you can help by becoming a volunteer to make the castle a reality. We need individuals and groups that are willing to provide support and labor to construct the Castle over a 5-day building period. Playground construction will take place between March 5-10, 2019. Each day is broken into three shifts (1st Shift: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 2nd Shift: 12:30-4:30 p.m., 3rd Shift: 5-8:30 p.m.) and lunch and dinner are provided for all volunteers.

We Need Your Help - Volunteer With Us!

More than 1,000 volunteers (both skilled and non-skilled) from across Kingsport came out in 1990 to construct the built-by-donation original Castle playground. Here are some ways you can help us make the castle a reality – both donations and borrowed items will be accepted and appreciated.

  • Provide materials
  • Provide tools
  • Construct the playground
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Food/Snack/Beverage sponsor
  • Provide donations
  • Contribute to fundraising

Register by clicking your choice of interest below.

The Engraved Picket Fundraiser Is Back!

Your personalized picket will surround the new playground.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thanks to Johnson Elementary families and employees, community members and local businesses the goal has been 80 percent reached! Fundraising efforts will continue until the actual build date beginning on March 5, 2019.

Click the PayPal button to make a monetary donation.