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Cahuilla Park recreation area gets big upgrade

Stop by Claremont’s Cahuilla Park with the kids to check out the recreation area’s new jungle gym. The local playground reopened last week after a month long closure, during which an estimated $65,000 in playground equipment was installed.

The new setup was deemed necessary in order to address safety concerns with the old equipment and to bring the community facility up to date with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to city officials. The last time Cahuilla Park received a new jungle gym was in 1997, more than 15 years ago. Since that time a large portion of the playground geared for the 2-5 year olds has been removed due to safety concerns. The portion that remains, that for the 2-5 year olds as well as the 5-12 year olds, is not accessible to wheelchair-bound children or those with disabilities.

The new setup for the 5-12 year olds includes 2 slides, several ladders, a rock climber and a track ride, or zip line, the first to appear at any Claremont park. The jungle gym for the younger children includes 2 slides and a rock climber with the addition of an arched bridge as well as 2 steering wheels and an interactive gear panel. Both comply with ADA standards and include braille lettering for those with visual impairments.

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