McKinley Park playgrournd reopens after 2012 fireLoading
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    Sacramento councilmen Steve Cohn, rt, lets children into the park at the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. The playground has been closed since July 2012 after an arson fire detroyed the equipment. The community response to rebuild has been astounding with more than $700,000 rasied in in-kind contributions and over 2,000 volunteers.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Stephanie Breibart and Joseph Flores document the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Sacramento councilmen Steve Cohn, rt, and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson meet before the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Patrons rush in through the entrance following the grand opening of McKinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. The playground has been closed since July 2012 after an arson fire detroyed the equipment. The community response to rebuild has been astounding with more than $700,000 rasied in in-kind contributions and over 2,000 volunteers.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Visitors rush and document the grand opening through the main entrance following the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Commemorative bricks were sold for $150 and placed at the entrance to Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Bernadette Durbin and her daughter Joanna, 3 of Elk Grove, wait for the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    A child spins the gears at the playground following the opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. The playground has been closed since July 2012 after an arson fire detroyed the equipment. The community response to rebuild has been astounding with more than $700,000 rasied in in-kind contributions and over 2,000 volunteers.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Kevin Lopez, "K-Man", gave away ballons and did some tricks for the children at the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Kasie Wilson and her son Brady, 8 hug as they enjoy the evening at Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Visitors view the commemorative bricks, sold for $150 at the entrance to Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Justin Juchau, 9 of Yuba City raises his arms after climbing up a rock at the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. At right are Julian Hooper, 7 and Sean Brower, 7, rt.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Pearlene Utley puts on her daughters Maiyalener Utley's shoes at the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Soft synthetic turf lines much of the walkways at the playground at Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Jasmine Hakes, comforts her sleeping daughter Mila , 7 at the grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. Claire Hussion, 1.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Ethan Woodhouse, 7, rides the saucer swing following the Grand opening of Mckinley Park in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. The playground has been closed since July 2012 after an arson fire detroyed the equipment. The community response to rebuild has been astounding with more than $700,000 rasied in in-kind contributions and over 2,000 volunteers. View a photo gallery. Read the story.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Gabriel Hernandez, 6, plays on the monkey bars following the grand opening of McKinley Park playground in East Sacramento on Wednesday night, July 31, 2013. The playground has been closed since July 2012 after an arson fire detroyed the equipment. The community response to rebuild has been astounding with more than $700,000 rasied in in-kind contributions and over 2,000 volunteers.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Signage outside the newly rebuilt McKinley playground on Wednesday July 31, 2013 in East Sacramento, Calif., announces the ceremony for the evening activities at the grand opening. The playground was rebuilt after it was burned down by arsonists in July 2012.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • The newly rebuilt McKinley playground on Wednesday July 31, 2013 in East Sacramento, Calif., is set up for the grand opening this evening.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Julia Peer, 15-months, gets a lift by her grandmother Diane Hood, of East Sacramento, from on top a new sculpture outside McKinley Park playground that reopened on Wednesday July 31, 2013 in East Sacramento, Calif.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Jose Salgado helps his son Santos Salgado, 20-months, of Sacramento, onto a new sculpture outside McKinley Park playground, which reopened on Wednesday July 31, 2013 in East Sacramento, Calif. The playground was rebuilt after it was burned down by arsonists in July 2012.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • special education teacher Rene Delgado who was named the Sacramento County Office of Education's Teacher of the Year for 2014,
    Sacramento construction contractor Jeff Harris breaks concrete during the pre-build construction at McKinley Park playground Friday, May 10, 2013. Harris is donating his time all weekend to help rebuild the playground that was destroyed during a fire in July 2012. Harris said he was helping for the kids, especially his own kids who have used the playground in the past.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • Fire destroys a portion of the playground at McKinley Park
    Todd Cook looks over fire damage to McKinley Park playground with his son Kyle, 5, both of East Sacramento. The cause of the July 2012 fire was determined arson according to the city fire department.
  • Demolition of burned playground begins today at McKinley Park.
    The cause of the July 2012 fire to the McKinley Park playground was determined arson according to the city fire department. American Technologies Inc., a local firm that handles water, fire and other damage, donated their services to rebuild the structure. Community pledges and and cash donations were also raised last summer.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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