OCEANO – In a few hours on Saturday (Dec. 10), hundreds of volunteers from PG&E and the local community constructed a new playground that will provide fun and recreation for an estimated 3,000 area children.
In fact, the event proved so popular that the small, urban site at the headquarters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County on 19th Street in Oceano quickly filled to capacity with 200 volunteers. Over the course of the day, the club’s barren asphalt was transformed into an impressive playground complete with a rock-climbing wall and a twisty slide. The project also included two shade structures, four planter benches, one outdoor classroom and two murals. The work required mixing 18,000 pounds of concrete and moving 105 yards of mulch – all done by hand.
“It means so much to see the community come together and help do something for the kids in this town,” said Moyses Muguira, executive director of the local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Attending were San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Paul Teixeira, Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals, County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and team of fellow officers.
Muguira, received a ceremonial check at the event from John Conway, a PG&E senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. Joining Miguira at the podium were a half dozen grade school Boys and Girls Club members, each wearing a pint-sized PG&E “hard hat” for the occasion.
The Oceano playground-build followed a similar event in Santa Rosa on Dec. 3. A third playground will be built in Fresno County on Dec. 17.
PG&E has contributed $219,000 for the three playgrounds through its PG&E Playgrounds program. The company is partnering with Kaboom!, a non-profit that has build more than 2,000 playgrounds nationwide over the last 15 years.
“The bigger contribution is the turnout. This is a sea of blue here, and we’re really pleased to be able to help the community here in Oceano,” said Conway of the many PG&E employees and others wearing the day’s distinctive blue volunteer shirts.
PG&E offers more information on its PG&E Playgrounds program on its website.