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Rankin Park Renovation Project Proceeds

Park closed while crews prepare renovations, grade the grounds and remove 50 trees.

Rankin Park is closed for the summer, while crews bulldoze the old park, remove 50 trees and make way a newly-renovated facility that will be a modern version of the theme park long-time resident recall from days gone by.

City engineer Tim Tucker said the 50 trees, mostly pine and sycamore, are being removed to make the park accessible for people with disabilities. He said more than 90 trees will be planted in the new park.

The entire park is being graded. Crews will move the historic gazebo to a more central location, and a brand new play area will be created, with a rock climbing wall and other kid-friendly features.

The project is being funded through Measure H, a bond approved by voteres in 2008. The Rankin Park project is one of many that the bond measure will  fund. Other projects include the Rankin Aquatic Center, and the newly renovated library, set to open later this month.

Stacey August 14, 2011 at 04:12 AM
It would be awesome if they could put the Humpty-Dumpty statue I remember from my childhood back in some place of honor in the park. I remember a story about a city resident still having the statue in their garage. C'mon Martinez, put Humpty Dumpty back on his wall!
Chris Kapsalis August 14, 2011 at 03:18 PM
We had one in Chico. I think it's still there. But once he falls off a wall, it is very hard to get him back up there. Perhaps a new and stronger Humpty Dumpty can be put up on a wall in the park. One that won't break so easy if he were to fall off the wall.
Donna Allen August 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM
The return of Humpty Dumpty would be a wonderful thing.
Kathleen Taylor August 15, 2011 at 05:18 AM
I agree about Humpty dumpty such a happy inviting figure for all children. However after returning tio the park a few weeks ago i was so disappointed to see how generic it seemed. The most scary thing scary thought that disturbed ne was the over grown trees very, very close to the playground (I could hear kids playing, but couldn't see them)growing up & almost living there it seemed there was no fear. But now we have homeless not to mention etc.... people patiently waiting for the right child to appear un-noticed..Another thing that caught my attention was the evidence that the park is probably an easier place then the Marina for Vagrants. needless to say after I surveyed the surroundings, discovered the parents wern't concerned about the jids in the trees or overheard there conversations, & The couple who thought I'd take the resposibility for looking after there child while I was watching my Grandson, I decided it was time to leave. NOT A SAFE CLEAN PLACE FOR CHILDREN.....TRIM THOSE TREES CLOSE TO THE PLAYGROUND NOW!! Sad to say Our children are not as safe as we were while growing up, The paek was such a happy place for us W/the pool. .
Kathleen Taylor August 15, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Opps! Just noticed my type O's sorry! It's getting late. Good Nite.
Chris Kapsalis August 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM
A trusted coach or teacher is many times more likely to hurt a child than a homeless person on average. I will also remind people that children are many many times more likely to be abused at home by a family member than by the boogie man in the trees. It is still a concern, but this is a fact.
Tobias Thomas September 06, 2011 at 01:19 AM
I cant believe>> how much they Destroyed >> They gave no warning to the animals >>Now the owls are trying to find there homes that were destroyed>> Was there a environmental impact assessment taken ??? And all of the memorial plates they destroyed >>> I don't remember voting on leveling the park or leveling baseball field and turning it into a parking lot>>> John Muir is rolling over in his grave>> If you haven't gone up there to see what they call a Renovation >> Do so>> They did a great job with the pool >> now the community cant afford it>>
debra September 09, 2011 at 10:23 PM
while i was climbing about the woods i noticed so much garbage but check out the picks i left.
debra September 09, 2011 at 10:39 PM
It is sad to say our children are safe know where. but i hike and walk those hills often i am off path just like today with pictures. I have only seen one abondoned camp. which is still there has nothing to do with what they are doing its filth up there they are not cleaning. and i have asked those "vagrant homeless" themselves why they stay in town and not in the hills and well its dangerous for them also and to far from the store i mean everyone says how drunk and disturbing they are. well they don't want to hike up hills for beer. and there are 25 sex offenders in the surrounding neighborhood who are not homeless. times have changed and children are not safe but they still need the opportunity to explore and to see salamanders, frogs, endangered owls, coyotes, turkeys, hawks and all of the living things this is only naming a few. that this renovation is destroying.. also shocking to realize people didn't no there where native Americans in the thousands who called this home. and lets not forget john rankin the man who did so much and whose descendant's are watching there great grandfathers history and what a great history it was vanish due to his own generosity. this is a very sad month for many of us.
debra September 09, 2011 at 10:40 PM
thank you chris you are so right
debra September 09, 2011 at 10:43 PM
right on check out a few of the photos i added. and thanks for mentioning the enviromental impact that was not done along with the official native american archological sight that gay will look into on monday when she returns from her three day weekend. all that planning what were they planning a christmas party.
Chris Kapsalis September 10, 2011 at 12:04 AM
I think the silver lining in all this, if any, is for more people to get involved in the process, go to city council meetings more, planning commission meetings, go door to door, get petitions going, be a part of the whole process as much as possible not to be surprised or blind sided by something like this. We cannot see everything they do, we elect people we hope we can trust and will do mostly what we want done. But I remember this, and I did not hear anything about he level of change they would be doing to our Rankin Park. I was picturing new paths, lawn, playgrounds and picnic tables, a new parking lot. Not what amounts to a Nuclear blast of the old park. It had it's charm, and problems, but will never be the same now. But we will see when the dust settles .
Paul L Wilson September 10, 2011 at 03:50 AM
No baseball field? How sad. I us to play ball thier.
Douglas Stewart September 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM
debra i left you a message on your board I need a little help please call me
p. mcmakin January 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
They appear to be redoing the ball field; unless it winds up with Astroturf as a replacement for the grassy field it once had I think most of the local ballplayers will be happy. I can't say the same for anyone else, though. Anyone who previously enjoyed a walk through the park's natural setting will be distressed at the developer's idea of "natural," since that looks to now include numerous 'rock' walls made of spray painted concrete complete with lines etched into same to make said 'wall' resemble actual rock walls. And anyone who played with their children or grandchildren on the slides or swings will be dismayed to see no apparent place for a playground structure of any size; meaning that children who live in the area may now resort to begging adults for a ride to Nancy Boyd or the Marina. I'm all for making the park accessible to everyone, including people in wheelchairs and parents with strollers ~ but pretending it's going to be a "natural" setting and sticking fake rock walls all over it? Grade: FAIL
p. mcmakin January 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I think adults expose their children to far more danger by allowing them to go out in public with their names plastered on their clothes or backpacks (think youth sports uniforms, etc.). Not to mention the idiots who upload their children's photographs all over the internet along with enough identifying details to allow someone intent on molesting or snatching that particular child to be able to locate them without much difficulty. Yes, there are malevolent strangers loose in society. However, just as all pedophiles are not homosexuals, not all homeless people are "vagrants" or criminals "patiently waiting for the right child to appear un-noticed." I think perhaps you've seen one too many Movie-of-the-Weeks.
Scarlett Shepard October 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Yes! Please return Humpty to his home! I used to love seeing him when i was a little girl. I visited the park today and couldn't wait to see him. I didn't see him there. I asked some joggers & one said someone took a basketball to him. Is this true?
Scarlett Shepard October 16, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Baseball bat, not basketball, whoops! Is it true?

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