This beautiful new playground is the result of hard work and dedication by the East County Regional Group (ECRG), the First 5 Contra Costa Children & Families Commission, and Healthy & Active Before 5. In 2012 these advocates assessed 22 Pittsburg parks to determine their suitability for young children to play and engage in physical activity. At the time, De Anza Park was an empty field, as the previous play structure had been vandalized and removed in 2010. The park partners recommended to Pittsburg City Council that De Anza Park be prioritized for immediate improvements in amenities, maintenance, and safety; and encouraged the creation of a community safety coalition. Last year, the Council responded with a $50,000 allocation for these improvements.
The fruits of this labor were evident on April 23rd 2016 when the City of Pittsburg revealed a newly installed playground at De Anza, commemorated by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Ben Johnson attended the ceremony, where he thanked the ECRG for their advocacy and dedication, and encouraged the community to keep working with city staff to ensure safe play spaces in Pittsburg.
ECRG members distributed healthy snacks, volunteers painted faces, and children played field games and climbed onto the new structure for the very first time.
To ensure that community members feel safe bringing their young children to the park, parents and nearby residents have partnered with the Pittsburg Police Department to start a Neighborhood Watch program.
Physical activity and outdoor play are important for children’s health and development, and it is our goal to ensure that children in Contra Costa County have access to safe, usable parks and playgrounds. To find the best parks and playgrounds near you, check out our bilingual Let’s Go the the Park maps for Pittsburg, Antioch, Bay Point, and the Richmond Iron Triangle. For more information on the importance of play for young children, visit out our Resources page.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make De Anza Park into a bright new place for children to play!