With a bunch of new playground equipment, Upjohn Park is open for business — or kids playing as the case may be.

Representatives from the Ridgecrest City Council, the city's Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the traditional ribbon-cutting Saturday morning. Free hot dogs from Walmart and the Sea Cadets and free drinks from McDonald's were available. As was popcorn and Shave Ice. As many as 200 kids played on the new equipment and seemed to be having a great time.


In attendance were Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden, Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens who many credit with masterminding the park upgrade, Jason Patin, Lance Foster and Arielle Rey from the city's Parks and Recreation Department, interim City Manager Ron Strand and acting RPD Chief Jed McLaughlin, along with Chamber of Commerce Chair Debbie Benson and chamber ambassadors.


Patin and Stephens spoke briefly, thanking everyone for coming and reminding people that a similar ribbon-cutting and grand opening will be held at Pearson Park on Sat. Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.