Community Group Strives to Bring a New Playground to Low-Income Community
November 8, 2017
Over 3 decades ago, the City of Seaside donated second hand playground equipment to the Del Monte Manor HUD housing development. Over 30 years later, the playground equipment remains. In September 2016, a playground committee was formed with tenants and public safety entities who became involved with a fundraising project to bring a new playground to the Del Monte Manor property. We are proud to announce with the help of our community, we have raised $40,000! The Playground Coalition received $30,000 from Sunlight Giving. Additionally, a local landscaping company, PM Landscape, has stepped up and offered to assist with the removal and installation of the playground once we reach our final fundraising goal. To bring an adequate playground for the kids would require an additional $35,000-$40,000. Our local kids are counting on us to make this happen. Our goal is to raise all the funds needed to break ground by early January, 2018. They deserve better and we are asking for community support.
The Del Monte Manor houses primarily low-income families and the activities on the property are extremely limited. The equipment is dated and dangerous and the open field is filled with loose dirt and vacant volley ball poles. The negative message sent to our kids living in difficult circumstances needs to change and we need to pull together as a community and start telling them yes! They Matter! We have many stories to share with the media and look forward to interviews.
A PayPal Donation page is set up on the website in case members of the community would like to help that way.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact any of the numbers below:
Coordinator & Resident / Erika Matadamas – (831) 236-3529
Seaside Police Department / Commander Borges– (831) 899-6892