The Arcata City Council approved the purchase of a replacement playground structure for Chevret-Vaissade Park at a 9 a.m. special meeting on Monday, September 19, 2011. The playground equipment was ordered from Landscape Structures, Inc. of Delano, Minnesota about three hours after the meeting ended. Construction was completed in record time on Tuesday, October 18 with the installation of safety surfacing and drainage system. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
Watch "Chevret-Vaissade Park: Tragedy to Triumph," a video about the community-wide effort to rebuild this popular neighborhood playground.
The Chevret-Vaissade playground was destroyed by a fire on September 3, 2011. There was a tremendous outpouring of support from community members for rebuilding the Chevret-Vaissade Park playground. The City received donations from neighboring residents, businesses and non-profit organizations to pay the $10,000 insurance deductible for the play structure. Donation checks can still be made out to "City of Arcata" and mailed or dropped off at the Arcata City Manager's Office at City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Please write "Chevret-Vaissade Playground Fund" on the memo line of the check.
The City received over $16,000 in contributions collected and donated by community businesses and organizations.
"The City is just so thankful and proud for the citizens who stood up and recognized the need to make this playground right again as soon as possible," says Mayor Susan Ornelas. "It's citizens like these that make Arcata great!"