At 22, Jonathan Gerrard can remember the rush he got as a boy playing at Irvine's Adventure Playground.
Gerrard grew up to work there as an employee but was laid off in November. He's part of an advocacy group, Defend Adventure Playground, which has been trying to save the playground from being demolished by the city and lobbying city officials to reach a compromise that would preserve the playground's adventurous feel.
"Growing up in Adventure Playground, there was a lot of stuff you could do that was dangerous, you really got a sense of thrill and of life," Gerrard said. "You can't put foam around every aspect of your kid's life. There's kids that grow up playing Xbox and that's safe. That's not a really creative, fulfilling life."
The city has now agreed to turn away the bulldozers from the playground in University Community Park on Beech Tree Lane that is a popular recreational site to many families.