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January 22, 2014

Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer              

Office:  623-882-7053;

Public invited to celebrate new playground equipment


As the saying goes, ‘it’s work before pleasure’ - and that will be the case over a two weekend period at Goodyear’s Loma Linda Park, 400 E. Loma Linda Blvd.

The community is invited to help the Goodyear Parks and Recreation Department assemble new playground equipment at one of the city’s oldest neighborhood parks in the Historic Goodyear Neighborhood, then return the following weekend for  a day with fun-filled events to celebrate the new fixtures.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, the public can assist the park’s staff in assembling the playground equipment such as attaching slides, swings, filling in wood chips and other pieces.

Then, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, the playground improvements will be celebrated with a fun-filled day of activities that include three-legged races, face painting, kite flying and more.

Light refreshments will be served at both events.

Other new features include: wave slide and roller slides, and for the musically-inclined - a set of bongos and a xylofun on the sensory wall and a ring-a-bell ground level panel and chimes on one of the above ground platform panels. The new playground fixtures will provide more playability and also will be updated with handicapped-accessible equipment under the American Disabilities Act.

“It’s really an awesome playground,” said Troy Tobiasson, project manager for the Goodyear Engineering Department, who is overseeing the project. “I think the kids are really going to like the additions and improvements. All of the improvements are of high quality and are going to provide the kids with more playability. I think it’s going to be a good place for kids in the neighborhood to go.”

And when temperatures get hotter in the months ahead, the park also will have a 30 by 30-foot shade structure to help park goers stay cool.

The Loma Linda playground improvements, which are being supplied by Landscape Structures, were a $172,000 project made possible by the city’s general fund monies approved to be spent in the first budget cycle of this year and are part of an overall parks renovation master plan, Tobiasson said.

Tobiasson added, “The old playground was a little outdated. The new playground is designed for a larger age group.”


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