Pirate ship, gravity rail zip track and a fighter jet coming to Temecula parks – Press Enterprise

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Temecula is pumping millions of dollars into seven of its playgrounds, replacing fields and adding amenities such as a towering pirate ship at Nicolas Road Park, a gravity rail zip track at Vail Ranch Park and a fighter jet-themed play structure at Veteran’s Park.

Rendering of a gravity rail zip track that will be installed at Vail Ranch Park. (Courtesy image)

A big chunk of the money to pay for the new equipment and fields is Measure S tax revenue generated by the 1-cent sales tax increase voters approved last year.

“There are so many different things you can do now,” Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards said Friday, July 28. “You can have equipment that addresses all abilities and all ages. It’s incredible what we can do.”

The city, which has more than 40 parks and four sports parks that are regional draws, announced the improvements this week, sending a Measure S newsletter to residents. Parents helped spread the word by posting photos of the page about the new parks equipment on Facebook.

“I’m sure all the stay at home parents will appreciate this as I remember meeting at different parks all over Temecula everyday!” Amanda Yoder, a Temecula real estate agent, wrote on a community group page.

Yoder said Friday by phone that such play structures and amenities — aside from being a great way for kids to get exercise — also help boost home values in a neighborhood.

“Typically when I’m working with a buyer more times than not they are families they like to know that, I talk about the schools and parks and shopping centers,” she said.

Erica Russo, a city senior management analyst, said Temecula is working with three vendors for the parks projects, which includes retiring slides, monkey bars from the 1990s and a well-worn riding squirrel at Nicolas Road Park.

The old riding squirrel at Nicolas Road Park is slated for retirement. (Aaron Claverie photo, SCNG)

The vendors are Miracle Recreation, Great Western and Coast…

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