On a brutally hot afternoon in late June, volunteers wielding hammers, saws, and cordless drills are slowly transforming two parking spaces outside Kenmore-area restaurant Mei Mei into a tiny public park.
In a few days the space will feature benches, greenery, a solar-powered cellphone-charging station, and a spot for locking bicycles, but today there is little more than a patio and some flowerbeds. Progress has slowed, and the group’s energy is ebbing.
Wilhelmina Peragine appears at the center of the activity.
“If you can hear my voice, clap one time,” she says, projecting loudly.
Nearly everyone — volunteers of all ages, including high school students, their grandparents and young siblings — snaps to attention.
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