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East Palo Alto asks community to vote on playground design

Voting is open until Monday, June 30, at 5 p.m.

The city of East Palo Alto is asking community members to choose a final design for a new playground at Bell Street Park, which the city will build in August in partnership with the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Mountain View-based retail savings company Coupons.com and national nonprofit KaBOOM!.

Three design options, created by local children and parent volunteers at the project's "Design Day" last Wednesday, show various layouts for slides, monkey bars and swing sets. (View the images at the right.)

Residents can view and vote on the three designs in person through Monday, June 30, at 5 p.m. The designs will be on display at the East Palo Alto Library at 2415 University Ave. on Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the city's fireworks show at Cesar Chavez Academy School (2450 Ralmar Ave.). Residents may vote in person at these locations or by e-mail at childrenplay@cityofepa.org (indicate option A, B or C).

After finalizing the design plan, the city will prepare for the project's "Build Day," during which community volunteers will build the 4,000-square-foot playground. In addition to addressing the city's shortage of playground areas, the project will transform Bell Street Park's open space into a play space planned with residents' needs in mind, organizers have said.

For more information, contact Cynthia Bojorquez at 650-853-3153 or childrenplay@cityofepa.org or visit www.cityofepa.org/NewPlayground.

— Lena Pressesky

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