Help Rebuild Woodstock Play Structure

Courtesy photos    Woodstock play structure before the fire (left) and after.

On Saturday, July 13, at 3:39 a.m., the Alameda Fire Department responded to a fire at Woodstock Park, at Cypress and Third Streets near Alameda Point. Arriving crews found the play structure fully engulfed in flames (“Suspicious Fires Doused at Park,” July 18). The fire was extinguished, but not until it destroyed the play structure.

Since the fire, the City of Alameda has witnessed an outpouring of support from the community. The city understands and agrees with the need to rebuild Woodstock Park Play structure as quickly as possible, as it serves neighborhood children and students at the three adjacent schools: Nea Community Learning Center, Alameda Community Learning Center and the Academy of Alameda, plus local community organizations. 

Community members can support rebuilding the playground by making a tax-deductible donation to a GoFundMe campaign, which directly supports rebuilding the Woodstock Park Play structure: www.gofundme.com/rebuildwoodstock.

Large donors, including businesses, associations, community members and community organizations, can choose to make tax deductible donations directly to Alameda Friends of the Parks, indicating that the donation is for the Rebuild Woodstock Playground campaign: https://alamedaparks.org/donation.

The community donation effort and large donors will be recognized on signage at the rebuilt playground. It will take several months, once funding is confirmed, for playground supplies to be ordered and construction completed. City officials are cautiously optimistic that the playground will re-open entirely by the end of 2019.