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Lafayette’s Brook Street Park looked more like Brook Street Airport this week.

The city on Monday reopened the newly-renovated park, with Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer and members of the Lafayette Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The celebration of the cozy community park had an aviation theme. Attendees got pretzels and “Lafayette Airlines” pins.

Children watch the proceedings as Lafayette officials cut the ribbon on a newly renovated Brook Street Park on Monday, April 18, 2022. (Photo courtesy of city of Lafayette)

The improvements were finished in March and include a new wood chip surface along with synthetic turf and new asphalt concrete pathways, with an ADA ramp.

The city replaced the old pirate ship with new aeronautical-themed play equipment, adding four toddler swings, two of which are paired with traditional strap swings for a shared intergenerational experience. Workers also replaced benches, a picnic table, drinking fountain — which now includes a bottle filler — and trash receptacles.

“These improvements both updated this neighborhood park and made it more accessible for users with physical disabilities,” Gerringer said.

Bauer-Kahan secured $291,000 in state grant funds toward the much-needed improvements. Brook Street Park is located at 3562 Brook St. in downtown Lafayette.