It's a $4 million remodel that is accessible to people with disabilities, has two brand-new age-appropriate play areas, three picnic spots, meandering walkways, lawns and a new ballfield. There are echoes of its past as well - the historic water fountain and a couple of plaques from days gone by.
Rankin Park is open for business, and tonight will be the focus of a celebration as the City Council, memers of the Park, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission and other officials gather to commemorate the opening of the first park to be refurbished with Measure H money voters approved in 2008.
Rankin Park was a beloved spot for decades, and has undergone many changes over the years. At one time, it hosted the steam engine that now sits at the entrance of Waterfront Park. That was relocated in the early 1990s. It played host to numerous gatherings of families and companies, including the Shell Refinery and other groups.
But over the past two decades, Rankin Park has become long of tooth, and a place many families chose to avoid, due to its reputation as a hangout for rowdy parties and homeless camps.
One morning last year, residents woke up to find the park completely graded down to dirt. The outcry was loud and long, as surprised citizens bemoaned the loss of a favorite memory. But city officials promised a brand new, improved facility.
Today, that facility officially opens. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.
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