Laguna Beach Will Pass a 'Rocket Ship' on to the Next Generation
With a beloved jungle gym from the 1960s now gone, a replacement is coming for a new crop of kids, thanks to a fundraising campaign.
The city removed the old one two years ago after declaring its rusted metal base unsafe. That got the attention of Mayor Cheryl Kinsman, who says her then-8-year-old son pitched a fit. "He was devastated to the point of tears," the mayor reports. "And so were a lot of other kids."
Kinsman donated $1,000 of her own for something new in the place nicknamed Rocket Ship Park, because "we don't do enough in this city for kids." She helped get a $55,000 matching grant from the city, and other donations came in.
Going into the weekend, the mayor says, about $87,000 had been raised -- just $13,000 short of the price tag for a 30-foot-high custom-designed rocket ship, with two slides, one of them tubular. City officials hope to install it this summer.
From: LA Times