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.