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Dedication of Renovated Children's Playground at Memorial Park

Sunday, June 22, 2003


Mayor Bart Doyle, all the Members of the City Council, City Manager Tammy Gates, Community Services Director Michelle Keith, Sierra Madre Congregational Church Pastor Richard Anderson, members of the Church's Board of Trustees, and members of the congregation turned out to dedicate the newly renovated playground area at Memorial Park.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Church, coupled with funds from a grant from the voter approved California Proposition 12 Bond Act Roberti-Z'Berg Harris Program, the City was able to bring the park into compliance with the new US Federal Standards for Playgrounds.  For those whom we've heard wondering, it is our understanding that these new federal standards are why there are no swings, or some of the more traditional playground equipment.  The City's Park Master Plan calls for the Memorial Park playground to be designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. The Plan further suggested that to get the maximum use of the City's green space and get more equipment for the children, multiple pieces of play equipment should be purchased instead of one large play structure. The Plan states that each of the City's play areas should be designed with a theme. Memorial Park's theme was transportation items, such as fire trucks, police cars, public works equipment, and rocket ships


Rev. Anderson opened the festivities by thanking the Board of Trustees for voting to approve funding for the playground project, and the City for allowing the Church to participate.  He noted that on the west wall of the Church, overlooking the Park, there is a stained glass window of Jesus surrounded by small children.  He stated that in 1927, when the Church was built, the window had been intended as a symbol of the Church's commitment to the children of Sierra Madre.  He was grateful that the Trustees had seen their participation in the renovation as a renewal of that dedication.  Mayor Doyle then thanked the Church for its contribution to the playground renovation, and for helping to make the project happen.  A ceremonial ribbon-cutting took place, followed by some picture taking, and the ceremony was finished.  There are pictures below from the ceremony, click on them to see them larger.


Attendees note the abundance of fruit on the tree by the playground

City officials and Rev. Anderson wait for the ceremonies to start

The new equipment is designed for childrren 2 to 5

Rev. Anderson opened the ceremonies

Mayor Doyle thanks the Church

Mayor Doyle gets ready to cut the ribbon

And the ribbon is cut

City officials, members of the Church Board of Trustees, and members of the congregation



Sign reflects the Congregational Church participation


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