Stephen Michael Linen Jr. Memorial Park’s new playground honors Temecula’s first responders

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Children play on a large new first responders-themed playground at Stephen Michael Linen Jr. Memorial Park in Temecula. The park is named after Stephen Michael Linen Jr, a California Highway Patrol officer and former Temecula resident who was killed in 2001 by a drunken driver while issuing a citation on a San Diego freeway. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TEMECULA ─ Temecula’s Community Services Department announced a new playground was installed at Stephen Michael Linen Jr. Memorial Park, 44935 Nighthawk Pass, in Temecula made possible by Measure S. The 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-foot spiral slides, a double slide, several climbers, ladders and a hex pod climber. Children are also sure to enjoy the 33-foot-long Sky Run Zip Track, four-person police car seesaw and a police dog climber named after Temecula’s K-9 officer, Dayka. Younger children from 2-5 years can play on the firehouse-themed play structure, which has multip
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