Parents Helping Parents raising funds for new structures with built-in shade coverings over the swings

ATASCADERO — Parents Helping Parents announced shade will soon be over the swings at Joy Playground, the all-inclusive playground for people of all ages and abilities located in Atascadero’s Colony Park (5599 Traffic Way). The playground will undergo a temporary closure due to installation of two new shade coverings over the swings. The existing swing structure will be replaced with two frames that have integrated shade coverings. This enhancement aims to provide individuals with better protection from the summer heat while using the swings, ensuring a more enjoyable experience for all families.

The playground was closed Monday, June 17, and will stay closed for approximately two weeks. During this period, workers from the playground equipment company GameTime will work to install two state-of-the-art structures that haveshade coverings built into the swing frames. This upgrade is part of the Parents Helping Parents’ ongoing partnership with the City of Atascadero Public Works department to maintain and improve Joy Playground’s facilities.

Parents Helping Parents has continued to raise funds since Joy Playground opened in 2019 for the purpose of completingseveral smaller projects such as installing signage and new fencing. The majority of those funds have been set aside for the installment of the shade structure which is finally occurring. With a fundraising goal of $15,000, Parents Helping Parents has raised $9,000 over the past six months from registration fees for the Atascadero Citywide Yard Sale in April and a giving campaign in May. Another $6,000 is necessary to complete the funding of the shade project.


If interested in contributing to the shade structure, checks can be made out to Parents Helping Parents, noting Joy Playground in the memo, and mailed to 3620 Sacramento Drive, Ste. 201, San Luis Obispo. All donations are tax-deductible and will receive a donation receipt in return. Parents Helping Parents would like to thank their generous donors for making this new construction possible.