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With your help, we are going to build an amazing playground over seven days, Monday June 3 – Sunday, June 9. (Yes, we added a day to make sure that we build the best playground possible for the children of Sacramento). The build crew will work in three shifts: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM.*

It is extremely important that we know when you will be there, not only so we make sure we have enough people to get the playground built, but also so we enough delicious food for everyone and that our childcare area is sufficiently staffed.

In addition to letting us know which days and times you plan to be at the build, please also let us know which tasks you would like to do – skilled or unskilled building, food or childcare (“skilled” equals being able to use power tools, e.g. cut a straight line with a circular saw). Lastly, if you do need childcare, please indicate how many children you plan to bring and how old they are. Please note: unless a parent is helping provide childcare, all children must be potty trained. We will not be changing diapers or asking you to come off the build site to do so.

Since this is a community event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and work alongside great people from all over the city. But wouldn’t it be even more fun with a couple of friends? If friends or family members haven’t signed up yet, please encourage them to do so ASAP.

Based on the input of over 1,000 local school children and other members of our community, the consultant, Play By Design, has designed an incredible playground. At this point, we just need you to help us make sure that the rock wall, the playhouse, the trolley, the steamboat and all the other features that are going to make it so much fun, get built. See you at the build!

On July 28, 2012, about one-third of the beloved McKinley playground was burned. Join Councilmember Steve Cohn and the Rebuild McKinley Steering Committee and Play by Design in rebuilding the McKinley playground.

Neighborhood school children were asked to complete a homework assignment where they were to describe their favorite playground elements and draw their idea of the perfect playground. On the morning of January 11, Dennis Wille, Play by Design designer, and select committee members visited local elementary schools where they collected the assignments and interviewed children to gather ideas for their dream playground. Mr. Wille then spent the afternoon developing a schematic design that was unveiled to the public the same evening at a community meeting.

The theme of the playground will be essentially East Sacramento, with an intent to reflect its history and sense of place. To this end, the playground will have elements such as a trolley, architectural elements reminiscent of the Alhambra Theater and natural elements such as logs and stones. The playground may also include other features reminiscent of Sacramento's past and present. To view a 3D rendering of the design, click here.


Plans and Documents

11/8/12: Rebuild McKinley Staff Report

2/28/13: Draft Design

2/28/13: Draft Elevations

3/25/13: Preliminary Development

4/19/13: Design 3D Rendering


Steering Committee List

Steering Committee Coordinators
Jeff Shields
Kathy Schulz  

Steve Swindel  


Steering Committee Members

Jim Bacchini

Heather Lopez

Sue Brill-Lehn

Michelle Grubbs

Sue Brown

Phil Pluckebaum

Moira Camblin

Jennifer Reilly

Michelle Collins

Patricia Henderson

Dennis Day Chelsea Saurer

Holly Deen

Cathy Taylor

Jeff Harris Leah Horner







Sponsorships are available through monetary contributions and in-kind donations of building materials, tools, food and playground equipment. In-kind donations will be valued using fair market value methodology. If you are interested in a sponsorship, contact Catherine Taylor at (916) 803-4194 or email


To Donate to Rebuild McKinley!
Please make your checks payable to: "Gifts to Share/Rebuild McKinley " (Tax ID #94-2985546) and send to: Gifts to Share, Inc., 915 I Street, 5th floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. You can dedicate your donation to your favorite school or other organization.

Or, donate online and choose Rebuild McKinley from the pull-down menu.  All donations are tax deductible.


To Volunteer Your Organization or as an Individual
To volunteer your organization or as an individual for the rebuild, please click here to fill out a volunteer form. Then, fill out the one-page City of Sacramento Short-term Volunteer Information and Agreement Form and bring with you to the build. You can find it here. If you are going to work on the build and have a nail belt or apron, with a square and tape measure, please bring it with you. Contractors are asked to bring work tools (hammer, saw, tape, square). If you have any questions, please e-mail

There will be three shifts a day from June 4-9:

Shift 1 – 8:00 am – Noon

Shift 2 – 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Shift 3 – 5:00pm-8:30pm

A committee member will contact you to firm up your available dates and shift times.


Can You Loan Tools for the Rebuild McKinley Project?

All tools will be needed from June 1st through June 11th, and must be checked in from May 31st through June 2nd. On receipt, tools will be checked for proper operation and safety, and a retrieval receipt issued to tool owner.


Rebuild McKinley will provide all bits and blades. Your tools will be returned in good working order. If problems develop, Rebuild McKinley will repair or replace any damaged tool.

If you bring a tool to use for your work shift only, you will be responsible for that tool. Only tools loaned for the project duration and properly checked in will be the responsibility of Rebuild McKinley.

Please click here for a list of the tools needed. Click here to loan your tools.



Fundraising Events


Purchase a Commemorative Brick!


The Brick Fundraiser is back! Friends of East Sacramento (FOES) are helping to raise funds by selling commemorative bricks to be placed in the playground area. This second batch of bricks will be installed after the community build. Click here for more information.





Donors (Cash and In-Kind Contributions)


$50,000 Sponsors
Sutters Childrens Center Logo












McKinley Circle Sponsors ($25,000+)



Firehouse & Tenn22


Capitol Road Race






Berco Redwood






Treehouse Sponsors ($10,000 - $24,999)



Teichert 2







Shields Electric









Trolley Sponsors ($5,000 - $9,999)
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg




East Sac Chamber
East Sac Give Back



Pops in the Park






Inside Publications
Mural and Design



Clear Channel 2






Mercy Hospital


home building supply

New Home Building Supply







Monkey Bars Sponsors ($1,000-$4,999) Swing Set Sponsors (Up to $999)
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Aaron Meilich
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Cable Cisco
AT&T Chowdown Farm
Bell Marine Clark's Corner
Bosley Electric Elite Fitness
Brian T. Wheat Extreme Pizza
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers Golden Pacific Bank
CarMax Cares Foundation Home Depot Folsom Blvd
Classic Party Rentals Hoppy Brewing Company
Classique Catering Interstate Oil
Cory, Correna, and Claire Hula Jamie Elverum
Day Wireless Joe and Marsha McCormick
Douglas P. Mitten Karolyn W. Simon
Downtown Ford LarsenCazanis Public Affairs
East Sacramento Improvement Association (ESIA) Luther Family
Eppie G. Johnson Family Nestle Waters North America
Event Architects Radial Tire – West Sacramento
Fahn Family (Tire Swing) Rebecca L. Sharad & David Pardee
Friends of Bertha Henschel Sacramento Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Friends of McKinley Library Suzie Burger
Glenn Sorensen Briggs Family
Greg Geeting Christopher's Musical Marionettes
Hyatt Regency Sacramento Clean Site Services
IHOP East Sac Clean Sweep Environmental
International Design and Technology Connie, Sophie, and Mack Emerson
Lincoln Law School Comstock Mortgage
Motion Textile, Inc. COSTCO Sacramento
NV5 Nolte Engineering
Corey and Marguerite Brown and Family
Residence Inn by Marriott Cortopassi Tile and Stone
R. Michael Kirchner and Meghan Hayes Daltile
SactoMoFo David and Eva Nybo
Selland's Market Cafe' Dean & Karen Wakefield
Shine Deborah Gordon
Siemens Dunn Edwards Paints
Stanley Security East Sacramento Preservation, Inc.
Supervisor Phil Serna East Sac Hardware
Ted Kappel Eduardo E. Desmond
Uncle Vito's / Paesanos / Mangia Fire Local 522
Volvo Rents Francis Story
36th Way Kids General Produce

Goodwill Industries

  Mr. & Mrs. Fred Grosklos
  Holloway Land Co.
  Jackie Miller
  Jim and Joan Ferry
  Jo Ann Pinotti
  Jo Darlene Eaton
  J Prassa Printers
  JP Tindell
  Judy Capaul
  Kathryn & Frederick Turner
  Koukla Kids
  La Bombe Ice Cream Parlor
  La Bou
  Lucky Dog Ranch
  Mad Science
  Magpie Cafe'/Yellowbill & Caterers
  Matt Morrow
  Marjorie A. Trivedi
  Maney-Hall Family
  McDonald's - 30th and K Street
  McKinley East Sacramento Neighborhood Association
  Noah's Bagels - 1901 J Street
  One Speed
  Opa Opa!
  Pasty Shack
  Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services, Inc.
  Sacramento Animal Hospital
  Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
  Sacramento Zoo
  Sacred Heart Parish School Student Council
  Safeway Alhambra

Sanctuary Covenant Church

  Save Mart
  Shireen Miles
  Sibyl N. McWalters
  Speedpro Imaging
  Susan & Gary Brill-Lehn
  Sutter Lions Club

Sutterville Preschool

  Starbucks - 65th Street
  Starbucks - 1901 J Street
  Swindel Family
  Talini's Nursery
  Teresa Pearl Heath & Abe, Leilani, and Jesse Potter
  The Clubs of Shepard Garden and Arts Center
  The Shack
  Trader Joe's East Sac
  Wells Fargo
  Adrian and Inna Tysoe
  Amy & Erik Vierra
  Anatoliy Kozak
  Ann H. Broderick
  Betsy Hitchcock & Gary Baldwin
  Betty A. Harris
  Bob and Jan Martinez
  Brian Schmitt
  Bruce Fairbanks

Buffalo Wild Wings

  Burr’s Fountain

Café Bernardo

  Candi Swinscoe
  Carlos A. Urrutia
  Carol Purin
  Cherisse Knapp
  Connie J. Vinson
  Deborah Franklin & Douglas Mitten
  Denise Larscheid
  Doughbot Donuts

Douglas Arnold

  Dyan and Andy Carey
  East Sacramento Soccer Club
  Edward H. Vance Jr. & Kathryn Marie Schulz
  Ellison, Schneider & Harris
  Elizabeth Campbell & Jeremy A. Lockwood
  Faith United Methodist Church
  Fredric M. Sauze
  George & Laurie Wagner
  Gertrude L. Lowry

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California

  Girl Scout Troop 571
  Grandma Vicki
  Greg, Angie, and Mina Sahnd
  Harambee Porter
  Ian Montgomery

J Dogs

  Jennifer & Bill Kufasimes
  Jill N. Stockton
  Juan & Joelle Mendoza
  Ken Ives
  Laura & Larry Miramontes
  Lea Washington
  Lucca Ireland Porter

Mamma Susanna’s

  Margaret & Christopher D'Cruz
  Maria Kaufman
  Mary Lacalle
  Michael Hazlewood
  Michelle Collins
  Molly Wiese
  Nancy & Ramesh Sawhney

Peet’s 36th & J

  Maxim Crane

Roxie Deli


Sacramento Bagel


Sacramento Police Officers Association


Sally M. McKeag


State Farm Insurance

  Truman Burns
  William Leddy





Brick by Brick Sponsors

The Selland Family

Robert Lessler

Gina and David Crippen

Stephanie Bellotti

Boulevard Park Neighborhood Assn.

Julie and Todd Manley

Pollyanna LeVangie

Julieanne and Patrick Hinrichsen

Teresa Heath

Cindy McGirr

Katherine and Eil Groppo

Carole Purin

Linda Eldridge

Michael Griffith

Linda and Frank Parsons

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Bert & Vyola Rule

Sofi Meza

Elizabeth Fujii

Jane Howell

Kelli and Bruce Boehm

Kirsten and Matthew Okamoto

Kelly Ratliff

C.W and L.R. Purcell

Kevin Smith

Jason Long

Caroline and Peter Detwiler

James Sherman

GSHCC Troop #4042

Stefanie and Michael Grinstead

Gregory White

Margo and Warren Fox

Janet and Kenny Pack

Barbour-Berson Family

Kate DiGrigorio

Jeannie Sayre

Beverly Sheehy

American Lutheran Church of the Cross

George Koufasimis

Mary Jane Coombs

Jennifer and Matthew Baldwin

Dana and Morgan Waters

David Wellner

Katherine G. Downey

Colleen and John Marsh

Elizabeth Campbell

Irma and Gary Balonek

Stuart Hill

Laura and Frank Brennan

Jan and Robert Martinez

Linda and William Mason
Nancy and Robert Graves

Betty and Jack Reuben

Matt Perry
Robert Kirchner
Michael Fahn
Karen Patterson
Kendal A. Chaney-Buttleman
Linda and Bil Sweeney
Acme Chiropractic
The West Family
Vicki Bermudez
Linda and Steven Gold
Aimee Moulin
Erin Quinlan
Dr. Paul Phillips - East Sac Dental

Jolynn and Justin Mason

Jennifer and Brian Judy

Isabel and Alex Contreras

Patricia Dutra

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Jot and Kristen Condie

Kristin Daily

Michelle Collins

Gabriel Dutra

Heather Lopez

Richard Cable

G. Tyler Babcock

Geri O'Neil

Curt Grieve

Steve Swindel - Swindel Associates

Catherine Cerna

Robert Frickey

20-30 Club of Sacramento

Michael O'Brien

Cecilia DeCuir

Sheila Wolfe

Girl Scout Troop #1684

Ruth Craft

Alex Garza

Tim Taylor

East Sac Self Storage

Alice Liu

Julie Bugatto

Stanley Cubanski and Sandra Shewry

Brad Harris

Gregory A. Lim

Hilary Creger

La Bombe Ice Cream LLC

Caro Marks

Kay Overman

Jan Gladfelter

Suzanne Milliesdottir

Pamela and Michael Burton

Jean and William Leland

Diane and Kenneth Wood

Victoria and Burt Presnell

Emilie and Jack Kashtan

Linda Johnston Panattoni, Panattoni Interiors

Carpenters Local Union 46

Michelle and Timothy Shestek

Mary Pauly

Lana Adlawan

Stefan Kreisl

Eileen Cubanski and David Gonzalves

Helen Hobart

Terry Luedtke

Kathryn O'Connell

Jeff Harris

Andre Catellier

John Home

Amy Gardner

Richard Ciraulo

Lela Bayley

Asha Jennings

Christina Wukmir

Sherri Wardzik

Dave Spradlin

Ron Vrilakas

Fraternity Members of Alpha Phi Omega

Rita Gibson - Insurance & Investment Services, Inc.

Sabitrea and Rafael Rodriquez

Barbara M. Andres and Cecil R. Taylor

Holly and Aamir Deen

Harris and Mary Liu, Golden Arch Enterprises, Inc

Susan Matchell

Kelly and Maurice Herbelin-Farrar

Rachel K. Maney & Kristoffer M. Hall

Scott Smith

Carla and Steve Stuck

Laura Sperry

East Sacramento Preservation Task Force, Inc

Jeff Donlevy - Green I$ Good Recycling Industries

Catherine Travers and Steve Cohn

The Hastings Family

Bethany Stryker

Jennifer and Tom Aten

Lisa and Howard Schmidt

Maria Kaufman

The Diepenbrock Family
Kathy Lelevier
Catherine Taylor & Carl Bradley
Mary Margolis
Patty Wait
Dawn Waltz
Jennifer Shaw
Jorome Porter
Skye Foster
Ted Kappel
Mary Lee and Alan Moritz
Christina Vaughan
The Burton Family
Kathy Schulz & Ed Vance
Bench Sponsor
Mercy Healthcare














































































































































McKinley Playground Photos

Email your favorite photo and a caption to Council District Director Sue Brown so they can be part of a photo album on this webpage. By emailing the photo to Sue, you are giving the City of Sacramento express permission to publish the photo for promotional purposes. To view photos visit Rebuild McKinley photos. Please view the Rebuild McKinley video produced for last year’s Screen on the Green.


Community Build Photos

June 3rd (1st part)

June 3rd (2nd part)

June 4th

June 5th

June 6th

June 7th

June 8th

June 9th

More Fun Rebuild Photos


Steve at the Build

Art & Artists

McKinley Playground Train

Grand Opening, July 31st


Steve Cohn and Family
Councilmember Steve Cohn, far right, at playground in 1994, with his wife, Catherine Travers, son Adam, and daughter Nicole.



For questions, please contact
Sue Brown - District Director
Council District 3