|Community Partnership Extends Use of Ocean View Playground|
Community Partnership Extends Use of Ocean View Playground
April 12, 2011
HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay and the Coastside Mother’s Club recently partnered to fundraise and replace outdated playground equipment at Ocean View Park. That project, and the imminent demise of the current structure caught the attention of local resident and father, David Eblovi. Mr. Eblovi has many years of specialized experience, knowledge, and professional contacts, as well as a personal passion for restoration. In an attempt to temporarily extend the use of the Ocean View playground while fundraising efforts are underway for replacement, Mr. Eblovi generously donated his expertise and time to the City.
“My family uses the playground on a regular basis and I was excited to be able to use both my personal technical experience and where necessary my personal and professional relationships to help keep it open until everything was in place for the installation of a replacement structure.” says Mr. Eblovi. The City facilitated a quick consultation with two resident playground inspectors, who worked with David to quickly identify the practicality of remedying the numerous issues that were identified in the original report. The adjustments and repairs that have been made are not intended to be permanent, but have successfully and innovatively mitigated all immediate safety issues. The inspectors confirmed that full replacement was still inevitable. “The City and David have made a lot of families very happy by finding a way to keep the play structure in place while we conduct our fundraising efforts.” says Kristen O’Brien from the Coastside Mother’s Club.
Initially, the City looked to secure replacement parts to extend the life of the play structure. However, due to the age of the structure and modifications to industry standards, suitable replacement parts are not available and the manufacturer recommended removal of the structure. The temporary fixes that David was able to complete won’t last forever, but they will ensure that our youth can safely use the playground while fundraising efforts are underway. “This is a perfect example of community volunteers offering creative solutions and personal expertise for the benefit of the entire community,” says Mayor Naomi Patridge.
The City Council will recognize Mr. Eblovi at the next regular City Council meeting, Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 PM at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Coastside Mother’s Group and the Ocean View playground structure please visit www.operationoceanview.com