Demolition of burned remains of the McKinley Park playground began today thanks to a Sacramento company.
American Technologies Inc., a firm that handles water, fire and other damage, has volunteered to perform the work for free.
It is expected that the clean-up will take three days. Fire destroyed about one-third of the big, wooden play area in east Sacramento's McKinley Park on July 21.
The demolition work would have cost about $7,500 if American Technologies had not offered to donate their services. Already pledged in-kind and cash donations to rebuild are estimated at $35,000.
Donations include $5,000 from California Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, to a 7 year old's lemonade stand profit.
A fun run, raffles and other fundraisers are planned to raise money for the playground, which is a magnet for people from all over Sacramento. The playground is located near a pond, library, basketball courts and swimming pool.
Barry Metcalf, Sacramento branch manager of American Technologies, said it was natural that his firm would want to help.
"My family has been using the playground for years, so the need was right there in front of us," he said in a City of Sacramento press release.
More information is available at www.rebuildmckinley.org.