One year after community members came together to rebuild the McKinley Playground, the community will celebrate the crowning touch – the donor plaque for the centerpiece of the monument. “Good things come to those who wait!” said Councilman Cohn. “I look forward to thanking formally the generous donors and community members that came together to build this beautiful one-of-a-kind playground.”
The plaque will be unveiled during District 3’s last 2014 food truck event, Trucktoberfest, featuring favorite food trucks, kids’ activities, live music by Departure and a beer and wine garden. The event occurs tonight, Friday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Blvd. The unveiling of donor plaque will be promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The McKinley Playground was partially burned in July 2012. During the week of June 4-9, 2013, over 2200 community members came together with their in-kind labor donation valued at over $300,000, and over $375,000 in cash and in-kind donations. Added to the effort was a contribution by the City of Sacramento of $364,000 in development impact fees dedicated to park projects as well as $325,000 from the insurance settlement. In total, the value of the playground is approximately $1.5 million. For a complete list of donors visit www.rebuildmckinley.org
Councilman Cohn assembled a group of volunteers to serve on a Steering Committee that put in hundreds of hours over an eight month period working on everything from design, to fundraising the planning for the community build.