Last Saturday, volunteers helped install a new play structure, donated by the California Milk Processors Board (CMPB) and Sunnyside Farms, at Bristol Park.
This project was the first of its kind in California, where the partnership paired with the community to build a play structure.
The CMPB are donating a matching $20,000 toward the play structures around California as their commitment to reducing impact on the environment and as part of their “got milk?” campaign. Sunnyside Farms was the first milk processor to match the board’s donation and get Turlock a donated playground.
All equipment was installed by technical staff provided by Vista, California based Progressive Playgrounds, about 10 volunteer workers from Sunnyside Farms staff, and other community volunteers.
The playground was constructed using over 41,000 recycled milk jugs, truly making it a “green” structure.
“This play structure promotes the importance of green projects and outdoor physical activity,” said Scott DeAraujo, Director of Sales and Marketing from Sunnyside Farms. “We hope it sets a good example of living green and recycling.”
The playground is estimated to be worth over $40,000, Sunnyside and the CMPB split the cost.
“With the budget the way it’s been particularly at the local level we don’t have the resources to commit to parks and recreation,” said Mayor John Lazar. “For a corporate partner to step forward and help us out is very, very meaningful.”
The work began Saturday at 7a.m. and volunteers of all ages came out to help build the new playground.
Alan Sanchez of Good Day Sacramento came out to promote the community project. More people showed up after seeing it on television.
A barbeque lunch was provided by Sunnyside Farms for all volunteers who helped throughout the day and volunteers were also given “got milk?” t-shirts.
The long day’s work concluded at 4pm with a ribbon cutting, opening the new structure to the public.
Many came out to the ribbon cutting, including California Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, Turlock Mayor John Lazar, Turlock Councilwomen Amy Bublak and Mary Jackson, Turlock Parks and Recreation Commissioners, and neighbors from around Bristol Park.
Senator Canella, Assemblyman Berryhill, and Mayor Lazar spoke on behalf of the new structure, expressing their gratitude to all that helped, and how important projects like these are during such a challenging economical time.
“It’s nice to see when people engage in the community and help make things like this come into fruition,” said Senator Anthony Cannella. “Times are tough and it is difficult to allocate dollars to these types of things.”
“These kinds of projects in a state that’s financially challenged these days is a very cool thing,” said Assemblyman Bill Berryhill. “It’s what we need more of throughout the state, private public partnership.”
Assemblyman Berryhill presented certificates to “got milk?” representatives, Sunnyside Farms, and the City of Turlock.
After the ribbon cutting, kids from around the neighborhood asked Mayor Lazar, Councilwoman Bublak and other dignitaries to sign their “got milk?” t-shirts.
The new play structure is now open to the public at Bristol Park, located at 2500 Castleview Drive.