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Funds raised to restore burned Antioch City Park

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Check to restore burned Antioch City Park Fire destroys Antioch City Park play structure

Good Samaritans are restoring Antioch City Park after it was damaged by arsonists in September.

The park was built in 2006 by PG&E volunteers, many of whom work at Gateway Generating Station in Antioch. The damage estimate was $250,000. The city has insurance, but a group called Take Back Antioch set out to raise the 10 percent deductible.

"(I would like to see) the tot-lot completely replaced. I would also like to maybe see the city step up a little bit and put in a motion activated camera with some upgraded lighting which I think can help improve the park even more," said Brittney Gougeon of Take Back Antioch.

"Originally when the park was constructed, it was PG&E volunteers that helped build the park along with community members. So when we received information about what had happened here, we wanted to be able to come back in and help restore it," said PG&E Spokesman Jason King.

Take Back Antioch raised $8,500, PG&E pitched in $14,500 and Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) donated $2,000. The park now has all the money it needs to come all the way back.

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