May 10, 2013

McKinley playground fund gets $50,000; donor revealed today

A 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 is scheduled to be revealed this morning at a news 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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