Volunteers build East Palo Alto playground in one day

City revitalizes park through community collaboration on single-day construction project

At the crest of the Highway 101 overpass in East Palo Alto, a glimmer of bright orange and lime green peeked through the distant redwoods at Bell Street Park on Wednesday. Just one day earlier, the lot stood empty, save for some concrete foundation.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

KP is a registered user.

Wow! That's Great!!
Congrats to EPA and the volunteers that worked on this project!!
Palo Alto should hire the planning people from this project for future projects - They may have had the Mitchell Park Library done in a year!!

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Posted by Kudos
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

What a great effort. Just goes to show what some organization and grit can accomplish. All these volunteers who came together to make this playground happen in one day should be so proud of what they've done for the children and the community. Impressive!

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Posted by Palo Alto native
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

Wow! Great news and thanks to all the volunteers for this community effort.

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm


Maybe Palo Alto could hire them to complete the 9 YEAR study of single traffic light. Bet Mitchell Park Library wouldn't have been 2 YEARS late with them.

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Posted by Keep Drug Dealers out of it
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Hope the drug dealers do not take over as they did before. Police should make many rounds to keep them away so kids have a safe place to go and play.

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Posted by IM
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

Bein an EPA resident for many years, this brings me joy to know that East Palo Alto has and will continue improving in many ways. Thank you to the volunteers who came together to make this playground possible. Looking foward to have my children enjoy this wonderful park!

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Posted by Cynthia Bojorquez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

The community is invited to join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Bell Street Park Playground and Mural unveiling on Saturday, September 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. Now complete with slides, swings, climbing walls, shaded rest areas, picnic tables and vibrant artwork, Bell Street Park is a picture perfect play space for the entire family. Come out and play in EPA as we take this opportunity to thank KaBOOM!, employees and the hundreds of EPA residents whose hard work made this project happen! For more information, contact Cynthia Bojorquez at 650.853.3153.

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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2014 at 1:37 am

First I want to say thanks to all that helped.Good job.But Hopefully the city keeps it clean. Jack Farell Park play ground needs a power washing. Took my kid there for the first and last time. Hella dirty. Graffiti tagged in the slide area. City workers too busy cutting the grass only. Just a power wash once a month. Come on now. Keep it clean for our kids...

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