City Officials Reopen Remodeled Playground at Arbolado Park

2 more parks are opening this week in Walnut Creek. The parks have all been refurbished and will be open for residents.

WALNUT CREEK, Ca: Map of Arbolado Park. Mao courtesy: Google maps
WALNUT CREEK, Ca: Map of Arbolado Park. Mao courtesy: Google maps
By Bay City News—

Children and families in Walnut Creek now have several newly refurbished parks in which to play.

Today, city leaders will unveil a completely remodeled playground at Arbolado Park, located at the intersection of Arbolado and Doncaster drives. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. will mark the playground's reopening, with students from nearby Walnut Acres Elementary School set to attend.
The sprawling, 26-acre park is now equipped with a play area that complies with the latest state safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, city officials said. The park's 22-year-old play structure was replaced and outfitted with new shade-providing features, a sand zone, slides and other equipment.

Two playgrounds at the city's Larkey and Walden parks are also scheduled to reopen this week after remodeling. City officials said developer fees paid for the revamping of the playgrounds.

In 2012, the City Council approved a plan to use $500,000 in developer revenue to make all city parks complaint with the ADA and state safety standards. 

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One more time with feeling February 19, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Interesting. Any idea where the funding came from? This article provided earlier discussion - for Heather Farm Park, only http://walnutcreek.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/fundraising-campaign-starts-for-all-abilities-playground-at-heather-farm-park
Bob Brittain February 19, 2014 at 06:40 PM
"The playground improvements were paid for through park in-lieu fees, which are paid to the city by developers for parks." - article in Contra Costa Times "In 2012, the City Council approved a plan to use $500,000 in developer revenue to make all city parks complaint (sic) with the ADA and state safety standards." Patch article In-lieu park fees can be used to acquire land for parks and open space or to maintain and improve the infrastructure.
One more time with feeling March 10, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Thanks, Bob. Clarification is good. There's been no mention of the other two parks being upgraded, so it is confusing when the one advertised (Heather Farm Park - the link I provided)) is trying to get $1.5 million through fundraising and other means while the other two in this article spent $500k and have already opened. Do you know if the mulch for the Dog Park at the back of Heather Farm Park is for ADA-compliancy, too? I have every confidence there will be lots more children (and their parents/guardians) having fun at the upgraded area where the new sign is posted - and lots more plastic bags for you to pick up to keep you busy.
One more time with feeling March 30, 2014 at 01:30 PM
How come the sign at Heather Farm Park reads "Walnut Creek's first..." when these recently opened? If City Hall wants to know why there is distrust and disinterest from the citizenry, this is a perfect example.
One more time with feeling April 04, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Another reason for the distrust: $800,000 to subsidize the Lesher Center and CenterRep. Does not sound like a tax increase is needed - but a spending reduction is in order. And the City Manager, responsible for our finances is "unsure how much" is spent. Wow. Kudos to Ms. Nardi! http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25497822/walnut-creek-longtime-anchor-theater-company-goes-dark


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