Under Construction: Walnut Creek’s All-Abilities Playground

May 29, 2014 8:00 am · 24 comments

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Walnut Creek’s first all-abilities playground is now under construction at Heather Farm Park.

The playground will cost around $950,000; and all but $100,000 is being paid for through park bond money and in-lieu developer fees.

It’s set to open in the fall of 2014.

Why are we spending a MILLION DOLLARS on a park? May 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Does this seem strange to anybody else?

who knows May 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

yes it does

Pegasus May 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

@ #1 –
A mil ain’t much anymore. Hardly buys a decent house and parks improve life for everyone.

Jojo Potato May 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

The price of this project has previously been reported as $1.3m. The $850k from bond money and developer fees was to be supplemented with donations to make up the difference. It seems the donations are not coming in as expected so the overall price has been reduced to the $950k quoted above. Some things to note.

Matteo’s dream playground in Concord’s Hillcrest park was built for around $700k. $500k of that was donated in cash and volunteer labor and gifts. So costing the city only about $200k
The bond money could have been used to removate the Clark swim center as the Park district did for the pool at Roberts recreation area in the Oakland hills.
The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation that has been pushing this project is run by the same city insiders that saddled us with a $40m library that we are now struggling to fund.
About 10 parking places have been blocked off by this construction causing a real mess for people coming for swim lessons and other aquatic activities.

And furthermore, as my grandson pointed out, “why are the building it now? It’s summer and kids want to play”

I am a Contractor and I find this to be extreem. May 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

This is ridiculous.

This must have been a UNION JOB!

oldman May 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I would rather they spend the money to remove the dung from “Duck Poop Park”

So if I tell you the Playground will cost 4Million and I come in at 1Million this seams reasonable? May 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Who elects these people?

So just how bad do things have to get?

How long will this take before this runs it’s course?

Is “BANKRUPTCY” the only way out?

Does anybody else see the problem here?

@#3 May 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yeah, what’s a million bucks anyway? That’s the attitude that has all these cities in trouble now.

Anon May 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

The Library was built and the playground is being built to upgrade the City’s image.

Hey the next time they want to raise taxes think about this! May 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I think before you get elected you need to go through a background check to include your “FICO” score IE… Credit worthiness among other things.

I guess the real problem is that honest people with integrity and values would not want anything to do with politics. (What does that tell you)

TEA May 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

You people keep voting for these bonds you morons! This is where all YOUR money is going! Quit complaining about the price tag and think a little before voting for another bond measure!

AldrigeFamily May 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Copy cats! lol

JC May 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

72% of you, not including TEA, voted for WW. $375 million of the $500 million Bond program is used by East Bay Region Park District for their acquisition and capital projects. The remaining $125 million provides grants to cities, park and recreation districts, county service areas, and the Oakland Zoo for a variety of pet projects. Concord has done real well securing $5.6 million in WW grants. Walnut Creek actually looks puny at $742k. http://www.ebparks.org/planning/ww/Measure_WW_Projects_Update

GD98 May 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

@JoJo #4-

Your grandson is spot on. They should be opening the park in May, not starting construction on the thing.

It’ll look nice in time for the (hopefully) rainy season I guess.

TEA May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Thank you JC for the explanation. Now how many of you realized that the Park District bond that YOU voted for included “pet” projects for cities? Or the Oakland Zoo for God’s sake?!

Subterfuge May 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I guess this means drunks will be able to play to their ability?

Claycord Broski May 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM

It’s called prevailing wages, bonds, insurance, overhead, taxes, materials and profit.

No one posting here knows anything about how a business is run.

So if they built the park during rainy season (even though we got none) would’ve been a good idea? If it had rained, the peanut gallery here would’ve said why build it now? It’s rainy season?!?!

lights and sirens May 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Why are paying for a playground. hmmm lets see. Its a safe place for children to go and play! Maybe thats why? for the children ya think?

lights and sirens May 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

or would you rather see the money spent on other bs that the public actually never sees?

Michelle May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

This is an “all abilities” playground. Many kids with disabilities that cannot play in a regular playground will be able to get out and actually enjoy themselves. This is a wonderful effort from the city of Walnut Creek…shame on those that say otherwise!

gertrude May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

shouldve spent the money on building a Great Wall between WC and Concord

Jose May 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

That’s okay they are going to close the pool at Heather farms part of the year to help pay for the park.

Teacher Wannabe May 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

@Michelle. Thank you! My thoughts exactly. It appears that some people are opposed to anything they will not participate in, rather than being happy that Exceptional kids will have a place to play.

GD98 May 31, 2014 at 2:26 PM

@ Business Broski-

Shut your business down during the busiest season of the year and let us know how that turns out for you.

Thanks in advance.

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