What was once a barren corner of West Sacramento’s Bryte Park is now the site of a Tom Sawyer-themed playground, built is just one day, May 31, by more than 400 community volunteers.
This is Disney’s 62nd KaBOOM! playground nationwide, and first in Northern California. The 9,745-square-foot playground, designed with inspiration from drawings by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade West Sacramento students is Disney’s largest to date and features a zip line, rock climbing wall and, of course, swings and slides.
“For nearly 60 years, Disney Parks have been committed to inspiring and empowering kids and families by providing places where they can spend time together and share experiences,” said Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier. “It is gratifying to build this KaBOOM! playground and give West Sacramento families a new space to be active and make memories.”
This commitment is an extension of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, an initiative that partners with parents to encourage kids to lead healthier lifestyles.
“Thanks to the generous support from Disney, the new playground will be enjoyed by new families that have just moved to the city, as well as families that have been here for generations,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We will continue to develop West Sacramento into one of the most family friendly cities in the region.”
“We are so excited for this wonderful opportunity – folks in West Sacramento have been working for at least 10 years to get more opportunities for families at Bryte Park,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of Yolo County Children’s Alliance. “This is a wonderful collaboration for everyone in West Sacramento from the City of West Sacramento, KaBOOM!, Disney, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Washington Unified School District, local businesses, community groups, parents and children from the neighborhood – it’s truly taken a village to build this project! It’s a dream come true!”
The playground will be open to the public on Friday, June 5.
Special thanks to the following for making it all possible:
City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation staff for planning, site preparation and execution from beginning to end
Yolo County Children’s Alliance for coordinating volunteer recruitment and staffing
Brown Construction for grading and prep work on the site
Morrow Surveying – Donated all surveying for the project
Southwest Grading – Donated equipment time and concrete disposal
Star Ray Pipeline – Donated equipment time, concrete demolition labor
Delta Landscape – Donated all equipment required for installation of perforated pipe and the final landscape grading
Sommercal Concrete – Donated the concrete and labor for the added bench pad
City of Rocklin -Donated trailer full of tools
Sunrise Parks and Recreation -Donated trailer full of tools
City of West Sacramento Public Works -Donated tools
Sunstate Equipment Rental -Donated the use of backhoe-loaders
Waste Management -Donated storage containers and refuse services
Raley’s for providing food for all volunteers
Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network
League of United Latin American Citizens
Washington Unified School District
Northern California Construction Training Center