By Lookout Staff
April 22, 2015 -- A donation from local Kiwanis Club members will provide the final piece in the City’s plans for upgrading safety features and play areas at Ozone Park.
Santa Monica City Council members approved $122,000 in 2014 for various upgrades at Ozone Park as part of the City’s 2014-16 Capital Improvement Program.
The money paid for a new fence, new wood-chip ground covering and rubber surfacing for the .7-acre park’s two playgrounds, and to remove an old slide from one of the playgrounds.
But the funding wasn’t enough to replace the old slide with “a comparable piece of equipment,” according to report scheduled to go to City Council members at their April 28 meeting.
Enter Santa Monica Kiwanis Club members, who raised and donated $50,000 for a new piece of playground equipment to replace the slide.
In March, members of the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission approved the donation, “with the hope that it will be the start of many future private/public and community-based collaborations,” the staff’s report said.
“As part of the Kiwanis Clubs 100th Anniversary we believe all children deserve to play in a safe environment where they can learn, grow, socialize and develop friendships,” Santa Monica Kiwanis Club Chairman Andrew Valdivias wrote in a March 16 letter to Karen Ginsberg, the City’s director of community and cultural affairs.
“For the past 91 years Kiwanis men and women in Santa Monica have been dedicated to serving the children of our community,” Valdivias wrote. “We are proud to offer a $50,000 contribution to be used for the renovation of the east children’s playground at Santa Monica’s Ozone Park.”