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Washington Park Play Structure Feature Finally Fixed

The recreation and parks department has fixed a ball tumbler feature, which has been broken for some time, on a Washington Park play structure. (Action Alameda News)

The recreation and parks department has fixed a ball tumbler feature, which has been broken for some time, on a Washington Park play structure. (Action Alameda News)

Several delighted children were playing with a newly replaced ball tumbler on the big play structure at Washington Park today.

The feature, which includes a steering while to drive a large paddle with holes in it to lift and tumble plastic balls, had been in an increasing state of deterioration when Action Alameda News first reported it to the City of Alameda on February 28th.

In February, the tumbler paddle was broken, and all of the plastic balls inside the tumbler container had split in half.

It took about twelve weeks to get it fixed.

Taryn Mickus, who lives in Alameda and was at Washington Park today with her two children, told Action Alameda News, “we’ve been coming to this park for seven years, and we’re super happy to see that the tumbler thing is finally fixed so that they can play airplane with it again, that’s their favorite game.

“In fact, I didn’t even realized it was fixed, I just assumed it’s always broken, it’s been such a long time, so that’s pretty awesome. Today’s the first day he’s actually played with it. I don’t remember a time that it really worked.”

Separately, the City of Alameda is inviting the public to a 3 p.m. June 23rd event at Godfrey Park at 281 Beach Road on Bayfarm Island, to celebrate playground renovation there with refreshments and new playground equipment.

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