$600,000+ McKinley Park Playground Rebuild: Who’s Paying for It

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Sacramento estimates it will cost more than $700,000 to rebuild McKinley Park.

One area home contractor thinks that’s too much.

“I can build a 2,000 square ft. house, somewhat custom, it turns out to be $280,000,” said John.

According to the city, $300,000 of the money they approved will go toward design, installation, and upgrades like putting in a rubberized surface.

Another $40,000 for unforseen changes, but the bulk of costs lies in construction and materials, which add up to $400,000.

So who is paying for all this?

The city has already raised more than $100,000 in donations.

Another $300,000 will come out of insurance, and roughly $250,000 will come from city funds set aside for parks.

“I’m surprised anyone would be negative, because we are rebuilding this playground mostly with private donations and insurance proceeds,” said Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn.

On top of that, the city says thousands will be donated in labor and materials.

“So we are in the end going to get a playground worth well over a million dollars for barely over $200,000 dollars of the city money’s,” said Cohn

Still tax payers agree those numbers don’t add up.

“There is someone sugar coating their pockets on this one. I guarantee you that,” said John.

The city has not entered into any contracts with a developer, nor have they decided on any designs for the new McKinley Park playground.

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