Rankin Park Is Coming Along - What Do You Think?

The renovated park is due to be open on Memorial Day.

After waking up to find the park completely gone one morning last year, some residents were dismayed that Rankin Park, at one time a popular gathering place for downtown denizens, had gone into the ashes of Martinez history.

But the park is nearly ready to reopen, and is now equipped with brand new playgrounds, walkways, and landscaping. There will be new grass planted soon, and the entire park will be accessible to those with disabilities. 

Here are some photos, taken last week, of the park as it prepares to open to the public. 

What do you think about the new park? Tell us in the comments. 

Jim Caroompas April 20, 2012 at 05:55 AM
According to city engineer Tim Tucker, Humpty Dumpty is in very bad shape, and is simply unable to be put back together again. The city hired, as consultants, the entirely of the King's horses, and the sum total of the King's men, and, after several years of study a report was released that concluded it was hopeless. Humpty is, today, a mere shell of a Dumpty.
Barbara Fiorica April 20, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Sorry that I do not have the benefit of the history with the park that a lot of the readers do. I understand that there is great sentimentality attached to it, and it sounded like a wonderful place. As a newbie, and from what I gathered from the pictures, I thought it looked wonderful. Hopefully some new memories can be made here.
Gay Gerlack April 20, 2012 at 09:23 AM
For the May issue of the Community Focus I have written an article on the history of Rankin Pool. My next article will be for the July issue, the subject...the history of Rankin Park, I have some great pictures of Humpty, the Three Little Pigs homes, and others.
Kristin Henderson April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Gay, did you see those articles I left at Parks & Rec office at City Hall? Also, there is another article about how the park was originally developed as a park space by the NYA (the equivalent of the CCC) which was a New Deal labor program for youth. I am pretty sure I can at least cite it for you and if necessary go to the library and "fiche" it out. I hope you also get that 1973 Olive Grove information, will be useful for the Cal. Pt. of Interest.
Kristin Henderson April 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Wow, found it!


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