New playground built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino

New playground built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino

They can slide, they can swing. They can climb, run and jump.


Two months after drawing their dream playgrounds, San Bernardino children have the real thing.


On Saturday, May 19, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial, KaBOOM! and the community built a 2,900-square-foot playspace at Perris Hill Park.


  • Rose Kellerman, 6, of Redlands, volunteers with others building and painting a new playground and other equipment at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Rose Kellerman, 6, of Redlands, volunteers with others building and painting a new playground and other equipment at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers hold up new playground equipment being installed at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Volunteers hold up new playground equipment being installed at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

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  • Volunteers carry a rock wall to a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Volunteers carry a rock wall to a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers carry a rock wall to a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Volunteers carry a rock wall to a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers Fabiola Contreras, of Rialto, and Tony Lopez, of San Bernardino, shovels mulch to be used around a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Volunteers Fabiola Contreras, of Rialto, and Tony Lopez, of San Bernardino, shovels mulch to be used around a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Cassandra Edell, 25, of Barstow, helps build a shade structure around a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Cassandra Edell, 25, of Barstow, helps build a shade structure around a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • A volunteer wipes himself after helping carry a section of a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    A volunteer wipes himself after helping carry a section of a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Mariela Cruz, of San Bernardino, multitasks  by drinking water and supporting  a section of playground equipment  being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Mariela Cruz, of San Bernardino, multitasks by drinking water and supporting a section of playground equipment being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers carry a section of a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Volunteers carry a section of a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Ramon Ruiz with T.J. Janca Construction tightens down the hardware that supports a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.<br />
(Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Ramon Ruiz with T.J. Janca Construction tightens down the hardware that supports a new playground being built at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have partnered with the city to replace a 17-year-old playground at the park.
    (Stan Lim, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

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The state-of-the-art playground, raised in about six hours, includes a triple racer slide and a rock climbing wall, an adventure bridge, jungle gym and balance beam. The new equipment should bring more activity to the west side of the park and create a more family-friendly environment during scheduled activities, said Jim Tickemyer, parks and recreation director.


“KaBOOM!, for the city of San Bernardino, has gone over and above what you typically see in surrounding areas,” Tickemyer added. “The process KaBOOM! uses, the community involvement, instills and promotes a sense of ownership in the community.”


The 2nd Ward park, at 1135 East Highland Ave., is the city’s largest and most active.