Proposed Budget to Re-Build McKinley Playground Tops $600,000

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The McKinley park playground in Sacramento, hit by an arsonist, has now been hit with a price to rebuild it.

Out of the ashes, will come a new playground, that’s if the Sacramento city council approves a budget of $686,379 with extra fees tacked on to that.

The city council is expected to hear the proposed budget at Tuesday’s meeting. But according to a new city report, the burned out portion of the McKinley Park Playground isn’t the only thing on the chopping block, this entire old wooden structure is likely gone.

“It is a little bit of a bummer because it is such an icon, but at the same time, if they can use better materials and something that is more sustainable,” said Samantha Hollinger.

The proposal states that $323,379 will come from the general fund, money which goes toward city infrastructure projects. The rest of the money will come from community area funds.

Since the playground burned to the ground, the community has been trying to pick up the pieces. Thousands of dollars have been raised — through community events and fundraisers.

The playground was set on fire back on July 28. The arsonist has not yet been caught.

A website has also been set up, which features updates and information on how the rebuild is progressing. Visit the website at

Report filed by Kelly Gross and Andria Borba.

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