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Reopening of Hollis M. Stewart Park in Wrightwood

PHOTO: Leandra Moreno-Prince

Balloons and new equipment welcome children to the park for the reopening of Hollis M. Stewart Children’s Park on Thursday, April 6th

The Wrightwood CSD reopened the newly renovated and highly anticipated Hollis M. Stuart Children’s Park on Thursday, April 6th. The park has been closed for several months for renovations and was delayed in opening due to damaged equipment during construction. According to the Wrightwood CSD board meeting minutes, “During the installation of the rock climbing equipment, a strap broke, and the equipment was damaged. It was determined that a replacement was necessary.” More wood chips were also needed to complete the park and were being installed Thursday morning and into the afternoon right before the grand reopening.

The last of the wood chips were laid before the park’s opening.

As Wrightwood Elementary School students were released from school at 1:30 pm, they patiently gathered along the park for the final wood chips to be laid and the fun to begin. Once given the OK from Wrightwood General Manager Tami Keen, children raced to be the first at the top of the 10ft climbing dome in the park’s center.

Along with a giant rope climbing dome, the park also features a swing set, slides, rock walls, zip lines, teeter totter, a spinning carrousel contraption, and a separate jungle gym designed for 2-5-year-olds.

The park’s renovation was primarily funded by a grant awarded to the Wrightwood CSD from the State of California back in 2020 and from individual contributions from the community.

Kids race to climb to the top of the dome.

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