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Menlo Park: New playground invites kids of all abilities to romp

Original post made on Dec 4, 2019

After nearly five months of closure, the playground at Nealon Park is back and better than ever.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 11:33 AM

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Posted by Menlo Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Dec 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Almanac, could we get a little more detail on the "children of all abilities" aspect of the new equipment? I'm thrilled with the concept, but no info is given on what the equipment is or how children with differing abilities can utilize it. There's nothing in the body of the article. In the pictures I see the chair-style swings, that I know are utilized by kids with special needs, but I happen to know this because I work in grade schools. Others might not recognize them. And I see a ramp that's obviously for a wheelchair, but the picture cuts off where it's headed. Not sure why the closeups are on equipment so obviously for kids without needs. I'd love to know what the spinning item in the center is. Anyway, great addition to Menlo Park.


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Posted by OneMillionDollarPlayground
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 4, 2019 at 10:09 pm

How on earth did they spend one MILLION Dollars on a playground? Think about that for a moment. I can see $150K—for something truly high-end, requiring a non-trivial amount of terrain work to make possible—but $1M? 6.5x the cost?

I would genuinely love to understand what happened here. This is crazy…


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Posted by Arthur
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 5, 2019 at 11:00 am


Why so expensive for something so simple.
Why did it take so long to build? There were more non work days than work days. Plus the loss of 14 parking spots during construction was an inconvenience for pedestrians and park goers.
Lighting- kids can't use it a bit after school because it gets dark so early. Seems like $1m should have bought some lighting.


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Posted by Arthur
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

Why so expensive for something so simple.
Why did it take so long to build? There were more non work days than work days. Plus the loss of 14 parking spots during construction was an inconvenience for pedestrians and park goers.
Lighting- kids can't use it a bit after school because it gets dark so early. Seems like $1m should have bought some lighting.


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Posted by whstever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm

That playground price is inline with the recently completed $500,000 restroom at Fremont Park, so the young soccer players have a nice place to pee.Outhouses would have done the job for a fraction of the cost.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm

correction - I meant the new restrooms at Arbor/Jack Lyle Park.


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Posted by Only In Menlo Park
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Amazing how the news of a playground that can be used by *all* children is the subject of a lot of complaints, and quite frankly, a lot of narrow-minded thinking.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


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