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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Stephen Michael Linen, Jr. Memorial Park’s New Playground Honors Temecula’s First Responders

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Temecula’s Community Services Department announces a new playground at Stephen Michael Linen, Jr. Memorial Park (44935 Nighthawk Pass in Redhawk) made possible by our residents’ support of Measure S.  

This newly renovated project honors Temecula’s First Responders with a public safety-themed playground with many new features, including a ‘police station’ play structure for children 5-12 years old with a two-story enclosed tower, two 12’ spiral slides, a double slide, several climbers, ladders, and a hex pod climber.  Kids are also sure to enjoy the 33’ long Sky Run Zip Track, four-person police car seesaw; and a police dog climber named after Temecula’s very own K-9 officer, Dayka.   Younger kids can play on the firehouse-themed 2-5 year old play structure, which has multiple platforms, slides, and climbers.  For the adults, there is also a Thrive 450 Fitness Station located just outside of the playground area.

The park was dedicated in honor of Highway Patrol Officer Stephen Michael Linen, Jr. who was killed in the line of duty on August 12, 2001, when he was struck by a drunk driver during a traffic stop in San Diego.  

Mayor Maryann Edwards commented, “Stephen Michael Linen, Jr.’s memory and legacy lives on right here in Temecula.  Michael was admired and awarded for acts of bravery and heroism performed while rescuing a man trapped in a burning vehicle and for his efforts to stop drunk drivers in San Diego.  The Park honors this fallen CHP Officer who lovingly called our City his home and is our way of showing just how much Temecula cares about our community.”

All Temecula playgrounds remain open for families to get outside and responsibly enjoy parks and recreation, but remember to please Play It Safe by socially distancing when possible, and being respectful of the safety of those around you.

Temecula City Council Member & Community Services District President, Zak Schwank added, “Temecula’s newly renovated parks express our commitment to providing safe, accessible, and equitable recreational experiences for all.  Temecula’s First Responders continue to be there for us in times of need, especially during these challenging and changing times.  We humbly thank and salute all First Responders and public safety professionals for their lifelong commitment to public service.”

Please stay connected for more information by following @TemeculaParksAndRec on all social media channels.

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