First let's say we understand Calexico is having problems with the Nosotros Park project the City Council did not expect and likely could have done nothing to prevent.
Still, that doesn't explain the idea any city official or staffer may have of building the park without grass. That makes no sense. There are enough empty lots around the Imperial Valley. What we need are more parks where children can safely run and play and enjoy the experience.
Over the past few years the city received $750,000 in state funding for the project, most of that brokered by state Sen. Dave Kelley. Kelley sponsored a bill that was to provide additional funding for the park project this year, but there was some mix-up that to this day we do not understand.
Apparently, someone submitted legislation, separate from that from Kelley, to provide $150,000 for the placing of trees in Calexico. In the end, Gov. Gray Davis did not approve the funding for Nosotros Park, although the money for the trees survived.