The project, which is estimated to cost some $51,000, calls for replacement of the 33-year-old playground structure currently in place at Bonny Doon Elementary with a safer, modern, and more handicapped-accessible one, as well as the addition of a wooden retaining wall.
According to Betsey Lynberg, assistant director of the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works in charge of overseeing parks, the county will provide $41,921.97 in “Bonny Doon Park Dedication Funds” — which are park-specific monies generated by fees collected when building permits are issued in specific regions of the county.
Originally, she said, $20,231 had been already earmarked for the project, as part of a joint powers agreement between the county and the Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District.
“The county has provided funding for various recreational improvements on the campus,” Lynberg said. “In exchange, the school district allows the public access to those features in the after-school hours.”
At its Tuesday, March 11 meeting, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate an additional $21,600.97 in Bonny Doon Park Dedication Funds.
The money will be provided in the form of reimbursements to the district for grading work, equipment, and labor costs, Lynberg said.
“It's a good opportunity for the county and the school district to work together and to provide a play area and other recreation in an area that really doesn't really have any other parks,” she said.
Stephanie Siddens, principal and superintendent of the Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District said that the community had raised $9,000 through its Fall Fund Drive to contribute to the project.
Although there was no date set for when the new installation would take place, Siddens said that the district plans to ask the community for volunteers to help constructing the playground — under the supervision of a licensed contractor — when the time comes.
“We would love to have as many volunteers as possible,” Siddens said. “If you have enough volunteers, it’ll only take one day.”
Siddens said that she was excited to replace the existing play structure, which she said “does not meet current safety standards.”
Anyone who may wish to volunteer, she said, should contact the school at 427-2300.