Ally Miller, District 1 Board of Supervisors Member, will dedicate a new playground at Catalina Neighborhood Park on Monday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. The playground is designed for 5- to 12-year-olds, and replaces playground equipment damaged by the fire last summer.
“I’m excited to dedicate the new playground,” said Supervisor Miller. “It’s so important for kids to have a safe place to play outdoors. The children of Catalina will have a fun place to climb, explore, and slide again.” The playground’s combination of engineered wood fiber and durable blue rubberized surface provides a soft landing for children.
Savannah Williams, a sixth-grader at Coronado K-8 School, selected the colors for the playground equipment. She will also be at the dedication. After seeing the smoke from the burning playground, Savannah gathered over 100 signatures on a petition asking the County to quickly rebuild the park.
The park is located at 16562 North Oracle Road, at the intersection of Pinto Lane, in the community of Catalina. The ADA-accessible park has recreational resources for all ages including a Community Center, lighted basketball court, pool, shuffleboard court, restrooms, and a ramada with picnic tables.
On July 9, 2012, a fire destroyed the playground equipment. Golder Ranch firefighters responded quickly, and contained the fire so it did not spread to nearby structures or trees. The Golder Ranch Fire Marshall and its investigators did not positively identify an ignition source. The cause of the fire is classified as undetermined at this time. The case has been turned over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
Insurance covered $40,000 of the cost for the new playground, with the $9,000 deductible paid by Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information about Catalina Neighborhood Park, visit: http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/catalina/index.htm