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.
“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.