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Memorial playground approaches goal

By From page A4 | September 14, 2014

Work continues behind the scenes on a park memorial for slain Davis couple John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, with fundraising efforts nearing the target amount, according to project organizer Beth Gabor.

“We hope to raise at least another $3,000 to make sure that the Warm Remembrance user amenities — such as interpretive signage, another bench, a recognition plaque and several project shade trees — can be included in the final project this fall,” Gabor said in an email update to supporters.

A new estimate places the opening date of the Warm Remembrance Family Play Area at Redwood Park, on Anderson Road, sometime in mid-fall. The play area will include:

* A custom, 4-foot-tall version of the original Redwood Park Egg;

* An interpretive sign telling Sabrina and John’s story and acknowledging project contributors;

* At least one bench on a concrete pad with a memorial plaque; and

*A new play structure to replace the existing play structure designed for 5- to 12-year-olds. A new fibar playground surface is planned for beneath the structure, Gabor said. Fibar is engineered wood fibers that knit together to form a surface soft enough to cushion falls, yet firm enough for wheelchairs.

Riggins and Gonsalves, both 18-year-old UC Davis students and city parks employees, were kidnapped and killed just before Christmas 1980 after ushering a performance of the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker.” Their killer was sent to California’s death row last year.

Organizers continue to collect donations with hopes of funding additional amenities.

To donate and for more information, visit http://city-managers-office.cityofdavis.org/warm-remembrance-project or call Gabor at 530-756-8119.


Lily Holmes

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