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Kids help design new Roseland playground

  • Roseland Elementary School second-grader Esmeralda Juarez talks Tuesday about her dream playground plans, held up by KaBoom! project manager Jen Gallagher. The community project, organized by KaBoom! and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County and funded by a PG&E grant, will bring a new public playground to the Santa Rosa school. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

The kids who helped design a new playground planned for Roseland Elementary School in Santa Rosa on Tuesday weren't thinking only of swings and slides.

They also suggested a climbing wall, zip line, secret tunnel and VIP room.

“We'll try to incorporate as many of the kids' ideas as possible,” said Hazel Whiteoak of Sonoma County Community Action Partnership, a partner in the project.

Parents and professional playground planners also will have input.

The community group has joined forces with KaBoom, a national nonprofit organization that restores old playgrounds and builds new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is providing a grant for the project.

It will replace a worn-out playground on the elementary school campus, Whiteoak said.

KaBoom will supervise a volunteer effort to build the playground on Dec. 3.

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