New playground slated for Daly City park 

Lee Dahlberg and wife Deborah have lived in Daly City for more than 40 years.

The couple have seen changes to schools, recreation areas, streets and parks, so it’s no wonder the Dahlbergs supported the idea of a completely new playground at Westlake Park.

“Anything is an improvement from what’s been down there before,” Lee said. “From monkey bars to swing sets, anything will be nice.”

Lee said he and his wife raised children who frequented the park, located roughly 10 blocks from their home.

Daly City has partnered with the national 4-H club and the nonprofit KaBoom to replace the aging playground during the first week in May, according to Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Stallings.

KaBoom’s mission is to “ensure healthier kids and stronger communities through play.” The agency is hoping to raise $20,000 for the project, according to its website. The organization has built playgrounds in San Francisco, Redwood City and Burlingame.

Stallings said the entire project will take six hours with 150 volunteers.

“They’ll literally start, put in the cement, do construction and have ribbon cut all by 2:30,” he said.

The playground, however, will open 72 hours later once the cement sets and the paint dries, Stallings said.

The old, outdated play set, Stallings said, was removed last week for the Rebuilding Together Peninsula project put on countywide.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula is a 25-year-old volunteer effort that pairs community members with projects for their skill set.

Come May 4, Westlake Park will host two new swing sets, slides and a seating area for parents.

Westlake Park, which is home to a picnic area, gymnasium and sporting fields, is one of the city’s most used parks, Stallings said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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