Kids in San Bernardino now have a new exciting place to play thanks to a collaboration between the City of San Bernardino, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with KABOOM!—a national nonprofit dedicated to playspace equity. With COVID-19 restrictions easing, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling celebration of the new accessible playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park took place Saturday, May 22.
SMBMI contributed $200,000 to help make the project possible, along with additional contributions from the LA Kings, LA Galaxy, KABOOM!, and the City of San Bernardino.
“This new playground will bring children of all abilities together to play and laugh. To see children at play once again will be music to our hearts,” said City of San Bernardino Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Jim Tickemyr.
“The Spirit of Yawa’ – to act on one’s beliefs – inspires us to improve the quality of life here in our ancestral lands of San Bernardino,” said San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Offering children safe, enriching places to play and develop physically, socially, and emotionally will benefit our community far into the future.”
In January 2020, local kids contributed drawings of their dream playgrounds that were then used as inspiration for the Hudson Park playspace design, which features a climbing apparatus and logic games as well as accessibility features such as a wheelchair glider and ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalks.
Read more about the Collaboration to Open an Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park.