SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 25-year-old ever-so-popular Kids World playground at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara is now open after going through a major renovation to improve safety and access for children, their families, and future generations.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the park on Thursday with several city officials, including Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo, in attendance.
"We're thrilled to invite Santa Barbara's kids and families back to Kids World," said Mayor Cathy Murillo in a statement. "Santa Barbara is rich in parks and recreation opportunities, and playgrounds are key features in 22 of our parks. We take our playgrounds seriously and value the community's investment in and love for Kids World."
The Kids World playground was originally constructed in 1993 with the help of hundreds of community volunteers.
With the new renovation, structural improvements with code compliant hardware and the replacement of worn wooden posts and deck boards were done. The renovation work also included improved circulation and access to the play area for 2 to 5-year-olds as well as additional gates and fencing to establish more secure play areas. Rubber wear surfaces were also installed in high-use areas.
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