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Laguna Beach Will Pass a 'Rocket Ship' on to the Next Generation

With a beloved jungle gym from the 1960s now gone, a replacement is coming for a new crop of kids, thanks to a fundraising campaign.

The city removed the old one two years ago after declaring its rusted metal base unsafe. That got the attention of Mayor Cheryl Kinsman, who says her then-8-year-old son pitched a fit. "He was devastated to the point of tears," the mayor reports. "And so were a lot of other kids."

Kinsman donated $1,000 of her own for something new in the place nicknamed Rocket Ship Park, because "we don't do enough in this city for kids." She helped get a $55,000 matching grant from the city, and other donations came in.

Going into the weekend, the mayor says, about $87,000 had been raised -- just $13,000 short of the price tag for a 30-foot-high custom-designed rocket ship, with two slides, one of them tubular. City officials hope to install it this summer.

From: LA Times

From: Laguna Beach Magazine

Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as ‘Woman of the Year’

In addition to her stints on the City Council and Planning Commission, Kinsman served on Laguna’s Parking, Traffic and Circulation committee for two years, was president and board member of the North Laguna Community Association for four years, a member of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority for six years and treasurer of the Laguna Beach Neighborhood Watch committee for eight years. For three years she was a volunteer auditor for the Laguna Beach High School PTA and served as vice president of the Woman’s Club

From: Laguna Beach Indy

From: Laguna Beach Indy

Sunday school teacher: Laguna Beach Presbyterian church 6 years

Past President North Laguna Community Association

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Watch Treasurer

Led volunteer effort to replace Rocket Ship in Bluebird Park

5-years on Laguna Beach Planning Commission

2-years on Laguna Beach Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee

Laguna Beach High School: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Auditor

Mother of Laguna Beach High School graduates: Joshua and Nicholas