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Fundraiser set for shade structure and lights at Uptown Family Park 


Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin and City Councilman Steve Gregory are spearheading an effort to raise funds to add a shade structure and lighting to the new Uptown Family Park. The goal is to raise $50,000 in donations.

“Join us in our cause to put shade structures over the play structures and facilities at our Uptown Family Park,” says Gregory. Tickets are $100 and on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

During construction, design issues prevented the installation of the necessary shade structures. “A playground without shade structures in Paso Robles is like a swimming pool with no water,” says Gregory. “Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin and I have partnered with the REC Foundation to raise funds to help the city build adequate shade structures over the equipment and amphitheater. This would make a huge difference in the use and availability of this incredible recreational facility for our children.”

Gregory says the park is used by over 1,000 kids in the nearby neighborhood and 600 students at Georgia Brown Elementary. Shade structures could increase usage of the play structure by 50-percent, Gregory says, because when the temperature rises over 80 degrees, it is not usable.

The event is set for Saturday, August 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Rava Winery, one of the event’s major sponsors. The event will include a sparkling reception with appetizers, beverages from Firestone Walker and J. Lohr Winery, a full dinner and dessert provided by the Culinary Program and Chef Gregg Wangard, live music by Ricky Montijo and the Mojitos with dancing, a tour of Rava Winery’s sparkling program, games including Left Right Center dice game and more.

Sponsorships are still being sought. Major donors will receive a plaque at the park for recognition.

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