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Two Calexico parks lighted on Saturday

October 13, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Two parks on opposite sides of this city were lighted Saturday for the first time.

To mark the occasion, Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo and Mayor Pro Tem John Renison attended a ceremony at the newly illuminated Rio Vista Park in the southeast part of town.

At Saturday's ceremony, members of the Police Commission explained to residents in attendance why the lights are important for security reasons.

Recently, the commissioners have called for more lighting at the city's parks after listening to the concerns of residents who have said the dark parks near their homes attract late-night scofflaws.


Carrillo said the new lights are important for the security of the park and would give nearby residents a chance to use the playground equipment into the night.

Renison said he hopes the lights and a graffiti abatement plan will spruce up the city's parks.

Soon the council will look into putting up shade structures at the parks that don't have them, he said.

Renison said Councilman Javier Alatorre has been getting quotes from a business that makes shade structures.

More members of the City Council were expected to attend the second ceremony Saturday at the Rancho Frontera Park in the northwest part of town.

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

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