Calexico gets the bad news

no money for Nosotros Park

May 18, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Assemblyman David Kelley, R-Hemet, the Imperial Valley's state Assembly representative, has informed this city's Parks and Recreation Commission that there will be no money in the 2001 state budget to complete Nosotros Park.

Three years ago, when he was a state senator for this area, Kelley secured more than $750,000 to begin construction on the park near the Casas del Sol housing projects.

Calexico's Parks and Recreation Commission found out about the status of its 2001 request when agencies and commissions throughout the state heard of the latest round of state budget cuts coming from Sacramento.

Jack Anderson, city parks and recreation commissioner, said the recent budget cut could affect other city services besides parks. However, he said the under-construction Nosotros Park is his first priority.


He said he will recommend the city Redevelopment Agency provide the $500,000 it had earlier allocated toward the park.

"We are hurt," Anderson said Thursday.

On a drive near the park, he pointed out the makeshift skate park children have constructed.

"Isn't that cute?" he asked.

He pointed to bins near the gated park.

"That's where the playground equipment is … just needs to be put together," he said.

Anderson had hoped Kelley would secure state funds to finish the park, which still needs landscaping, trees, lights, a running track and a number of other additions, but he will thank the assemblyman when he sees him in June.

"He really helped us (when he was a state senator) and we appreciate his efforts. It's just the energy crisis, babe."

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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