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He needed an Eagle Scout project, and now Arroyo Grande will get a new playground

Riley Betita, right, works with his fellow Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts to build a farm-themed playground at Heritage Park in Arroyo Grande.
Riley Betita, right, works with his fellow Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts to build a farm-themed playground at Heritage Park in Arroyo Grande. kleslie@thetribunenews.com

A new farm-themed playground is being built in the Arroyo Grande Village, thanks to a group of Boy and Eagle Scouts and community donations.

Riley Betita, 17, of Arroyo Grande said he came up with the idea while deciding what community service project he wanted to do to become an Eagle Scout (he’s currently a Boy Scout with Troop 413).

On Friday, he and his fellow Scouts were helping to mix and pour concrete at the playground site near the Arroyo Grande Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Park.

“While in the car, my best friend suggested a swing,” he said. “We actually came into contact with one of the city workers, and a play structure has actually been an idea for a long time, so I thought I should push that forward and see what I can get out of it.”

The playground will feature a tractor play structure and two spring-mounted bouncing roosters. The equipment will be provided by Sun Country Systems, a Los Angeles-based playground company, and paid for by the city. Concrete was donated by CalPortland and Woody’s Concrete Pumping.

The park is expected to be open May 20, but could open sooner depending on how quickly the playground equipment can be installed, Betita said.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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