The City of Santee today (April 16) permanently closed a playground at Santee Mini-Park on Santee School District property that is now for sale.
Volunteers from Eastside Church of Anaheim disassembled the playground structure Saturday on behalf of Kids Around the World. The nonprofit group will refurbish the playground and take it to Mexico, where it will be reinstalled.
The city has determined it is not cost-effective to salvage the 15-year-old play structure and rebuild it at another site locally.
The park site at 10455 Mission Gorge Road includes a portable classroom used for recreation classes that will also be removed. The city will continue to maintain the quarter-acre park, which includes a soccer and multipurpose playing field, until the property is sold.
The city will more than offset the loss of the mini-park this year. A new neighborhood park on Via de Cristina near Fanita Drive is scheduled to begin construction this summer, while a new playground will be erected by volunteers on May 21 at Town Center Community Park West.