Blocked-off playground areas at four Marysville parks will reopen with new bark under the apparatus thanks to a $12,000 donation from California Water Service Co.

A check to pay for new playground bark, along with the cost for laying it, was presented to the Marysville City Council during Tuesday night's meeting. The donation was approved by Cal Water shareholders, local company Manager Lee Seidel told the council.

"We mean it when we say Cal Water is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve," Seidel said in a statement. "This park rejuvenation project was the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the city we have served for more than 80 years."

Cal Water owns and operates Marysville's water system.

Playground equipment at the four parks has been rendered unusable since earlier this summer because of the deterioration of the bark. The affected play areas have been blocked by yellow tape because of safety concerns.

The donation will be used to reopen play areas at Yuba Park, 10th and Ramirez streets; Miner Park, 15th and Sampson streets; Stephen J. Field Park, Rideout Way and Greeley Drive; and Triplett Park, Rideout and Covillaud Street.

Councilman Chris Pedigo said money could have been used from the city's capital improvement fund to purchase the bark, but that volunteer labor would have been required to lay it. The city has reduced watering and maintenance at city parks because of dwindling revenues.

It is hoped the new bark can be placed by the end of this month.

Seidel said Cal Water was alerted to the situation by Mayor Ricky Samayoa and Pedigo. The company is planning a joint community celebration with the city after the playground areas have reopened.

CONTACT Eric Vodden at 749-4769.

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