Students from nearby Orange Center Elementary School took the lead Thursday morning during a groundbreaking for a new playground in southwest Fresno.
Orange Center students helped design aspects of the playground, a Habitat For Humanity Fresno County green space project for the neighborhood. It will replace an empty dry dirt lot.
Wells Fargo presented a symbolic over-sized check for $119,731 drawn from its Urban LIFT SM Community Grant program to add to the funds raised by the neighborhood and school students.
The 15,000-square-foot park will offer a grassy area, trees, play equipment with anti-theft and anti-vandalism features, a canopy, picnic benches and street and sidewalk improvements.
Habitat For Humanity Fresno County executive director Tony Miranda said hopes are to have the park completed by the end of the year but Habitat For Humanity is still going through the permitting process with the city of Fresno.