Crews are busy rebuilding a vital part of the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton– the wooden playground playscape first built 27 years ago.
From April 1-5, 1987, a team of hundreds from Atascosa County and beyond proved that dreams really can come true, when they built the structure. The project was organized by Pleasanton residents Rachel Hurley and Pam Peeler. It was designed by Robert Leathers, a New York architect.
Earlier this year in May, the Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously to approve the necessary repairs to the playscape and that an agreement be drawn up with Robert Garcia and the City of Pleasanton, not to exceed $50,000.
The playscape was closed to the public in mid-June when crews began rebuilding. Due to safety concerns, the playscape will remain closed for the duration of the project.
The plan is for crews to reconstruct the playscape, one portion at a time.
When photos of the beginning of reconstruction were first posted on the Pleasanton Express Facebook page, many shared their feedback. Comments included:
“Aww. I remember this park since I was a kid! I know it’s going to look great,” wrote Rachel Alcorta.
Tiffany McNair posted, “Much needed! So glad! Can’t wait to take the kids when it’s finished!”
Lisa Robertson Higdon shared, “I remember when this was built. All the memories!”
According to Pleasanton Public Works Director Johnny Huizar, the playscape project is now 65 to 70 percent complete. Crews are already working towards the back, southeastern part of the playground. They should be finishing up that corner within the next couple of weeks. Then they will start on the new slide.
“They are working hard on it. It involves a lot of pieces,” said Huizar. “They are moving along and doing a really good job.”