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Turning Bryte idea into playful reality

Alejandra Lewis, 40, center, holds bolts to help the other volunteers building a play structure Sunday at West Sacramento’s Bryte Park.
Alejandra Lewis, 40, center, holds bolts to help the other volunteers building a play structure Sunday at West Sacramento’s Bryte Park. rbyer@sacbee.com

More than 400 volunteers turned out Sunday to help transform West Sacramento’s Bryte Park with the addition of a 9,000-square-foot play space.

The project was made possible by a fast-track deal between the city, The Walt Disney Co., and Kaboom, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

Disney pledged $180,000 as part of its outreach efforts in the area and West Sacramento matched that amount plus some extra already set aside for park improvements.

Kaboom managed the project and provided equipment and public art. The company has helped build 16,000 playgrounds across the country over its 20-year history.

The idea of improvements in Bryte Park had been a decade in the making, but money had always been the hurdle.

“We grew up here, and we still have grandkids and kids. This is our ’hood,” said volunteer Marianne Estes, 59.

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