No Decision has been Made on the Salvaged Timbers with Palm Prints
UPDATE: City officials said Wednesday that no decision has been made on what will become of the palm prints in the timbers salvaged from Pioneer Frontier. Officials said to not call City Hall to inquire about acquiring palm prints.
Demolition of the venerable Pioneer Frontier playground on Tombras Avenue began in earnest Tuesday morning.
According to Charlie Ritchey, a supervisor in the parks and recreation department, the area around the playground was fenced off on Monday and the dismantling of the aging timbers began Tuesday morning.
But not before the palm prints of dozens of children and people who volunteered to build the playground in 1994, were salvaged for safekeeping.
“That is the first thing we did,” Ritchey said of saving the timbers with so much sentiment attached. “I wanted to make sure they were saved.”
Ritchey said the timetable for completion of demolition is May 1. He said the mature oak trees scattered about the playground that provided shade will be preserved.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “It’s going to be slow going.”