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    Workers from American Technologies Inc. begin Tuesday to clean up the burned playground at McKinley Park. The company took on the job, which would have cost about $7,500, for free.


    Todd Cook and his 5-year-old son Kyle inspect the burned wooden structures at the McKinley Park playground, which was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. City fire investigators are calling the blaze a case of arson. "It's just beyond me that somebody would want to burn that down," said Alex Hastings, 22, who grew up playing on the playground's equipment.

Big donor steps up to help rebuild McKinley Park playground

Published: Thursday, May. 9, 2013 - 7:30 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm

A big mystery donor is stepping forward to help rebuild the fire-ravaged McKinley Park playground.

The identity of the person or company pledging to donate $50,000 to the Rebuild McKinley fund will be revealed on Friday morning at a press conference.

Already, $200,000 has been raised from fundraising events and through the generosity of businesses, civic groups and individuals. That cash will supplement insurance proceeds and city park funds.

In addition, about $400,000 in volunteer labor is expected June 4 through June 9 when the rebuild of the playground at 601 Alhambra Blvd. takes place. Additional donations of cash, equipment and material are valued at $200,000.

The donations will help rebuild the entire playground, which was badly damaged by an arson fire last July.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

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