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Four Year Old Boy's Efforts to Rebuild Park in West Are Coming True

WEST, TX (KXXV) - A little boy's efforts to rebuild a park that was destroyed in the West explosion are finally paying off.

Parker Pustejovsky, 5, and his family and friends have raised over one hundred thousand dollars for the park. They did it to honor Parker's firefighter dad, Joey Pustejovsky, who died in the explosion. Parker started raising money for the park because he wanted to be like his dad who was always helping people in need.

City council approved the proposed plan, but there may be some changes done to the layout. 

David Baldwin, a landscape architect from Plano donated his time and resources to design the park. The proposal was presented to the fundraising group called Parker's Park Project before it was presented to city. The park includes picnic tables, two playgrounds, new trees, a pavilion and a memorial.

Pat Wright is a member of the park committee, and he says the committee thinks the design was nice. Wright is a key person in the project and helped make everything happen.

"We had a lot of influence from the people and I think there's a lot of things that we can add to it," Wright said. "I think the finished project will be what everyone wants."

The total cost is estimated to be over one million dollars, Mayor Tommy Muska said at the meeting. FEMA approved the city seven hundred thousand dollars to put towards the park.

Parker raised over one hundred thousand dollars and the park committee says donations are still coming in. The money that was raised by Parker and the committee will only go towards park equipment.

Parker has been very thankful for the progress.

"I know he thinks he's doing something great which he is and he's starting to thank a lot of people about what's going on," said Wright. "He's done great things without even knowing it."

There's still a lot more work that needs to be done. The park committee will meet to change some things, and come January the city council will revisit the project.
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