Last night in Sacramento an arsonist burned down McKinley Park’s playground, according to the July 29, 2012 Sacramento Bee news article by Max Ehrenfreund, “McKinley Park’s beloved playground destroyed in apparent arson.” The wooden structure is across the street from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and next to the McKinley Park branch of the public library. The park also has a public swimming pool for humans and a man-made lake teeming with water fowl that produce an image of serenity and peace in the community.
For the past 18 years the playground was a popular attraction with children. But an arsonist destroyed the playground early in the morning. According to news articles, the fire was reported at 1:18 a.m. when the arriving fire crew saw flames up to 60 feet high, according to the CBS news report,McKinley Park Fire Believed To Be Arson « CBS Sacramento.
No mechanical or electrical devices or wiring were in the playground
The police are calling it arson because no electrical devices were in the playground that could have set off the fire. The entire community uses McKinley park. Not only is there a playground for kids, but a public library branch next to the playground.
If you walk a block you’ll come to the public pool, an eye-candy rose garden, and a building that exhibits plant shows. The neighbors around McKinley park area built and kept up the playground as help from city parks shrank with the budget cuts. In fact, 18 years ago, when the playground was first built, it took 2,500 volunteers to put it up in only four days. It’s located near two bus lines and accessible with a man-made lake teeming with ducks and other types of larger water fowl.
Today’s main exhibit in the park was a carnivorous plant show and sale
In the meantime, today, July 29, 2012 the arts building sported an exhibit of carnivorous plants with some for sale, plants that eat insects such as Venus fly traps and other species of carnivorous plants that grow in Sacramento.
In the winter, you can put the plants in pots standing in a pan of water and they’ll go dormant in the cold weather here, and then spring back to life when the summer rolls around. Carnivorous plants eat mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. Keep them outside as they need to eat flying and crawling insects which they won’t find enough of inside a room.
Today we visited the carnivorous plant exhibit in McKinley park and bought some that were on sale for the yard. Check out the slideshow of the carnivorous plant show and a view of the many attractions of McKinley park. It’s an ideal park for non-drivers with several bus lines within two blocks walking distance of the park.
The playground will be rebuilt within a year or less
Volunteers are beginning to come forward to help raise money. The entire structure will be replaced.
The average lifespan of a playground is around 20 years before they have to be replaced. The playground will be rebuilt by next summer, perhaps earlier.
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