Fundraising efforts are underway to help provide shade at a popular Santa Maria park.
The Buena Vista Beautifiers organization is working alongside People For Leisure and Youth, Inc. to raise up to $10,000 to install a shaded structure at the Buena Vista playground along with other additions.
Organizers say the park, founded in 1906, was renovated about 10 years ago. Trees were reportedly cut down and replaced with new trees that do not currently provide any shade.
They surveyed people in the community, including children, and say shade was the top request, followed by tables and barbecue pits.
The group has raised $1,000 so far and is hoping to raise enough money to install everything the community requested, starting with the shaded area.
"I think it's just gonna make the park a more welcoming and inviting space for children and families. we're the backyard for many of the children in the area who need a place to play. The park gets a lot of use, a lot of people enjoy using the park and we just want to make that even more enjoyable for them," said Cynthia Lara with Buena Vista Beautifiers.
The park is located at 800 S. Pine St.
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