SACRAMENTO, CA - The budget to rebuild McKinley Park playground after it was destroyed by arson in July is $690,000.
Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn said money to rebuild the playground will come from donations, insurance and city park funds.
But many concerned residents still want to know where the money will go.
City of Sacramento Park Planning and Development Manger J.P. Tindell explained the breakdown of the costs:
- $100,000 goes to design and administration
- $40,000 goes to construction contingency - in case there are unforseen changes
- $100,000 will go to playground installation
- $100,000 goes to upgrading the playground with a rubberized surface
The figures of the estimated expenditures add up to more than the initial proposed budget, but Tindell said everything is a rough estimate for now.
On Tuesday night, Sacramento City Council voted to establish a new Capital Improvement Program for the rebuilding effort.
The playground price tag is stunning to many people. The custom-built community playground would cost much more if not for the donations and all the volunteers, according to Cohn and other supporters.
"When we build these very large playgrounds, they are supposed to be unique and special," Tindell explained. "They are regional attractions. We expect people from the entire Sacramento region to visit these places."
"We don't know what the final price tag will be. We are a group of neighbors who volunteer our time to see that this project will be a success," Steering Committee Member Steve Swindel said.
Tindell said the city only has estimates right now. Materials will cost an estimated $300,000. The new playground will be built from a composite material that is more durable than wood.
The rebuilding committee doesn't have a final design or a final budget for the playground yet because they're still gathering input from the community. The hope is to have the park done by next June.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org