A playground at a coastal park in the Aptos area of Santa Cruz County has reopened following renovations funded largely by donations in memory of a local 5-year-old boy who died of cancer.

A conceptual image shows the new playground equipment as it was being designed for Hidden Beach County Park. (Image courtesy of Santa Cruz County/Twitter)

A public ceremony Monday welcomed the return of Hidden Beach County Park at 660 Cliff Drive, where Jett Ramsey was a frequent visitor before he died in April 2020 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. Jett became the inspiration for much of the funding for the renovations, which include a new play structure and new rubberized surfacing designed to be friendly for children with all abilities.

The county Parks Department matched $100,000 in donations to a fund for Jett, and donations came in from many local companies and families.

“The project is an example of how the Aptos community comes together to support one another,” county Supervisor Zach Friend said. “These renovations could not have happened without substantial community donations, and I’m grateful that these donations have made it possible to honor Jett’s memory.”

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A 2020 fundraiser in memory of Jett Ramsey paid tribute to his life and detailed plans for the renovations at Hidden Beach County Park. (Video courtesy of County Park Friends/YouTube)