Posted on November 6, 2013

Stockton: PG&E Funds, Helps Build Eighth Playground Since 2011

PG&E employees and their families help construct a playground in a matter of hours this past weekend. (Photo by Geneve Villacres.)

STOCKTON — A PG&E-funded playground opened to children today (Nov. 6), the company’s eighth such build since 2011.

Like the previous builds, PG&E employees and their families helped with the daylong construction this past weekend.

PG&E also has partnered with nonprofit KaBoom! on playgrounds in Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, Oakland, Oceano, Sacramento and Santa Rosa. [See a Currents video of one of the playground builds.]

Employee volunteers were among 200 community members who gathered on Saturday (Nov. 2) at an empty grass lot at Conway Homes Community Center in Stockton (741 Flint Ave.).

PG&E’s John Chin, customer energy solutions supervisor, kicked off the daylong construction and talked about his days growing up in the surrounding neighborhood.The build began at 8:30 a.m. and was completed six hours later.

The new playground will accommodate 700 neighborhood children, some of them testing out the slide on Wednesday. (Photo by Nicole Liebelt.)

“It energized me and my community,” said Chin, who oversees a team that helps Stockton residents with billing issues and manage their energy use. “I’m from there, I’ve been there and I’ve played there. This is a neighborhood that has been depressed for a long time so it was exciting that PG&E provided not only the resources but also helped build the playground.”

The playgrounds are another way PG&E gives back to the communities where it does business. The Stockton playground will provide more than 700 children in the community with a safe place to play.

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