McKinley playground design

Be heard when it comes to McKinley Park’s new playground

Contact Councilman Steve Cohn at His office is taking donations to get the playground rebuilt, and a link for online donations is on his page.

The recent fire that destroyed McKinley Park’s playground—two decades old but still heavily used and very much beloved—is being investigated as arson.

Meanwhile, it will need to be rebuilt—with new materials and to new standards—and it will not be an exact replica of the playground that was destroyed. But it’s important to remember that what made the playground so memorable was how it made the children who played on it, and the community they grew up in, feel.

That’s why, in addition to donating to cover the $100,000 deductible on the city’s insurance for the playground, we urge readers with a vision for how the playground should look or be designed to contact Councilman Steve Cohn. He’s the person to make sure McKinley Park gets the playground it needs.