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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.
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.