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East County News Service

September 3, 2016 (El Cajon) - Join the El Cajon City Council, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, and other local dignitaries for a special ribbon cutting ceremony that will officially open two new playgrounds at Renette Park on Friday, September 9.

10:00 a.m.    Beautification Project Volunteers - Youth

2:30 p.m.     Beautification Project Volunteers - Adults

3:00 p.m.     Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Location:   935 Emerald Avenue, the playgrounds and ceremony will be on the southeast corner of the park.

In 2015, the First 5 San Diego Commission approved $200,000 in matching grant funds to the City of El Cajon through their “Parent Education and Family Engagement Program” for the construction of two new playgrounds at Renette Park.  First 5 San Diego is an organization focused on providing programs and services that enhance the well-being of children up to the age of 5 and is funded by the County of San Diego.  Other funds used for this project came from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that funds local community development activities.

One of the new playgrounds is designed for children up to age 5 and the other is for ages 2-12.  The project also includes new Sidewalk Activity panels, picnic tables, a playground shade structure, fencing, and security cameras.

Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, a beautification project will take place where volunteers in the community will help build benches, planter boxes, and paint various areas of the park.

These new beautiful playgrounds will be a great benefit to the community surrounding Renette Park. City staff would like to thank the County of San Diego and the First 5 San Diego organization for selecting the City of El Cajon for this generous grant.