East La Loma Park has a new playground, thanks to the hard work of La Loma Neighborhood Association (LLNA) through the City’s Park Partners Program. The grand opening ceremony was held outdoors and online on Friday, February 19th to honor the trailblazers and donors that made this playground possible with a small, masked, and social distanced celebration.
In 2017, the aging East La Loma Park playground equipment was removed due to safety hazards. The City was not immediately able to purchase a replacement.
To aid in returning a playground to the park, LLNA joined the City’s Park Partners Program
. The Park Partners Program began in 1999 to help communities feel greater ownership of public facilities and speed up their development. The program reduces the direct cost to the City and leads to more community involvement and interest, which results in an especially appreciated playground.
The new playground is now located near the parking lot to increase public safety and accessibility. It features a swing set and two structures with slides and climbing elements.
“The neighborhood really helped build this new playground, which has increased the sense of community for this area. We appreciate our continued partnership with the La Loma Neighborhood Association to make Modesto’s parks and neighborhoods more welcoming for everyone,” said Joel Bueno, Parks Project Coordinator.
LLNA raised a total of $90,000: $55,000 in cash to purchase a portion of the playground equipment and pay the contractor that installed the play equipment and another $35,000 in in-kind services from volunteers and local businesses, like the Save Mart CARES Foundation. Local contractor George Reed, Inc donated services in groundwork, concrete, and a park light, aided by donations from 7-11 Materials, Ceres Pipe & Metal, and Collins Electrical Company, Inc.
The City offered $110,000 in design services, playground equipment, construction, and final inspections. The City also will maintain the playground for years to come by replenishing the bark groundcover and making repairs as necessary. A section of the park features stone pavers engraved with the names and logos of sponsors who helped with the project.