Parker Pustejovsky lost his firefighter father in the West explosion. He sparked the effort to rebuild the park. (File)
WEST (October 26, 2013) The West City Park is one step closer to getting re-built.
A picnic was held Saturday to discuss plans for the new playground and it was all about the opinions of the kids.
It has been six months since the explosion in West.
For 5-year-old Parker Pustejovsky that means six months without his father, Joey, a volunteer firefighter killed in the blast, and six months without his favorite playground.
In July, Parker helped raise over $100,000 for the new park and he did it by selling hot dogs.
The mission is called Parker's Park Project.
"We meet once a week to make progress, as much progress as we can for the park," Parker's Park Project co-chairperson Tim Payne said.
The quiet 5-year-old and other kids met Saturday to draw up ideas for the new playground.
"Ultimately the community of West is going to get an amazing park and a really fun place to go and be," Payne said.
Right now the construction on the park is at a stand still due to funding.
The original plan was the have the new city park ready by April 17, 2014, the one year anniversary of the explosion.
"We have submitted to FEMA for funding for the park and we have to wait for approval for that funding," Payne said.
Payne said they will continue to push Parker's Park Project forward because the city of West is ready to smile again and to laugh again.
"The town has been through a lot and there is a lot of people who want answers and want to get back to life the way it was," Payne said. "It is not as easy as it should be, as we would like it to be."