Peralta Park: Marking the Millennium

Back in 1999, I was part of the project team tasked with the renovation of 30-plus tot lots in Oakland, Ca.   Peralta Park had a long, awkwardly shaped concrete bench that looked more like a Caltrans barrier than park furnishing, but we found some money in the budget to hire a couple of artists who worked with kids from two nearby schools to create tiles that gave the bench a brand new look. At the official dedication, the students and their teachers came to check out the new climbers and the tiles they helped create. The adults had been somewhat suspicious of the new type climber (of the Galaxy line!) because it didn’t have a slide, or swings or other familiar features. The kids didn’t miss a beat though. They spotted the new equipment and went straight up the ropes and ladders and knew exactly what to do.

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