Disney-funded West Sac park will have Tom Sawyer theme


West Sacramento’s Bryte Park will have a Tom Sawyer-themed play space fitting in a city with its own river ties.

City officials announced the plan, imagined by a design team and local children, on Monday. Swings, slides and a zip line are envisioned for the new playground, inspired by the character in the Mark Twain tale, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the story of a boy and his adventures on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Children selected the play equipment during the project’s April 7 Design Day at Riverbank Elementary School, said city officials.

Shade, accessibility, and play equipment that best sparked imagination and provided the most activities were also part of the criteria for the new play structure.

“The community’s kids did a fantastic job letting us know what they would like to see at Bryte Park,” West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said in a statement.

Preparation work for the project is underway.

The community play structure at the city’s oldest and largest park, at 425 Todhunter Ave., is set to open after a marathon one-day building session set for May 31. An estimated 400 volunteers are expected to help with the project, planned for the southeast corner of the park along Carrie Street.

It comes courtesy of a partnership between West Sacramento, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, the Walt Disney Co. and Kaboom, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that works with communities across the country to ensure children have places to play.

Disney is contributing $180,000, announced in early April, as part of an outreach effort connected to Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. West Sacramento is matching the pledge and adding more money. Kaboom will manage the project and provide the playground equipment.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.