QUESTION: I live in Calexico and work in El Centro. It's hard not to notice that El Centro parks all have night lighting. In Calexico, when the sun goes down, the ballgame is over and the kids have to go home.
The city had to stop work on Nosotros Park when it ran out of money. I couldn't believe it when I opened my newspaper Tuesday and our council members are daydreaming about building a sports complex with an indoor swimming pool and track like one they saw in Monterey. Wake up, guys, we can't install lights in the parks we have. — Angry Ballplayer, Calexico
Let the guys dream. If any city could use an air-conditioned running track and indoor pool, it would be Calexico.
Brawley has its magnificent Lions Center and El Centro has its Conrad Harrison Youth Center. Both were built with state or federal grants.
Carmen Maldonado, Calexico interim director of parks and recreation, says the majority of city parks have lighting. If you want to use the lights, you have to arrange to turn them on and pay a $25 fee.