The efforts of two young Lompoc brothers paid off Wednesday as they were on hand to celebrate the arrival of two new swings at Pioneer Park.
Six-year-old Boss Brockett and his 5-year-old brother Beau had been raising money for about two months to replace the swings at the park, which were damaged and removed by the city late last year. Although the total amount of money they raised is still being counted, according to a Lompoc city spokeswoman, the boys’ ultimate goal was accomplished Wednesday with the installation of the two new swings.
“It takes special people to take the time to care that much,” Lompoc Parks Supervisor Danny Lara said of the boys. “It takes someone to step up and say they’re going to lead, and that’s what these kids did.”
The boys began their “Pennies for Pioneer Park” campaign by going door to door in the neighborhood around the park to solicit pennies. Eventually their mother, Christina, started a GoFundMe page — at www.gofundme.com/pennies-for-pioneer-park — to aid the effort.
About $812 had been counted by the city as of Wednesday, the city spokeswoman reported.
The boys reportedly enjoyed their first experience on the new swings.
Boss, who has led other fundraising and community service drives, said he’s always liked to help others, a claim his family members back up.
“I was born that way,” Boss said. “And I like people.”
Staff members in the Lompoc Parks Division were reportedly so moved by and grateful for Boss and Beau’s campaign, they tracked down the original installer of the swing set, Central Coast Playgrounds, to see if parts were still available to fix the existing swing set.
“Central Coast Playgrounds generously offered to donate the parts needed to install swings on the bar, and Lompoc Parks personnel installed the swings Wednesday morning,” read a portion of a release sent Wednesday evening by city staff. “Lompoc Parks Division staff will work with Beau and Boss and their family to make other improvements at Pioneer Park using the funds raised through the ‘Pennies for Pioneer Park’ campaign.”
The Lompoc Parks Division works within a “minimal budget and limited staffing to maintain the city parks,” according to the release, and “improves the parks as the division is able to.”
The city’s “Pennies and Plastics for Parks” campaign invites community members to contribute change and plastic for recycling in order to raise money for needed park improvements. Since August 2017, according to the city, the campaign has raised nearly $2,000.
Collection bins are located at Lompoc City Hall, the Anderson Recreation Center and the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center.
Parks staff encourages the public to report any concerns at city parks using the online form available on the Parks Division’s website at www.cityoflompoc.com.
Dirk Ishiwata, the city’s facilities, fleet and park maintenance manager, remarked at how quickly improvements can be made when community members come together.
“These kids have a pure heart of unselfishness for doing something for the betterment of the community,” he said of the Brockett brothers. “They embody the true meaning of a community park.”