Thank You: Town Square grand opening kudos

December 03, 2001

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank the many city employees, civic organizations and businesses that pulled together on Nov. 17 to help the city celebrate the grand opening of the new El Centro Town Square.

It was an excellent demonstration of how public and private sectors can partner to stage major events. This was a combined effort of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Imperial County Arts Council, Imperial Valley Film Commission, the Downtown El Centro Association, the city of El Centro and the El Centro Redevelopment Agency.

The Arts Council's day-long series of children's events kept the Town Square busy throughout the day. Also, it assisted in providing guidance in putting together the evening's show.

Members of the El Centro Firefighters Association served an outstanding barbecue. Their participation came after a very busy day fighting a major fire in the county. Despite being very tired, these committed city servants were there throughout the evening.


The Film Commission's movie clips, combined with a projection system provided by Randy's TV, proved that outdoor movies could be shown in the Town Square.

The excellent performances by Impeiral Valley College's Estudiantina, Valley Jazz, Ricky Johnson and the Calexico Martial Arts Academy, backed by a sound system provided by Clark Baker Music, demonstrated the other capabilities of the Town Square.

Of course, it took many other contributors to make the event successful.

Valley Environmental Services donated trash bins; Sun Runners Auto Club of Imperial Valley, ABATE and HOG displayed antique autos and Harleys. G&G Auto cleared its lots to accommodate the vehicle displays.

Holding all of this together was the excellent cooperation and teamwork by city departments. Parks and Recreation, Building and Maintenance and Streets divisions provided setup and cleanup; PAL provided the tables and chairs; the Police Department Explorers and PAX provided security and traffic control.

City displays were provided by the library, Economic Development, police and Public Works departments.

Thank you also to the mayor and council members for their participation in the "official" ribbon-cutting ceremony, especially new Councilman Ray Castillo for his rendition of "God Bless America."

Finally, I wish to commend my executive assistant, Rosie Estrada, Public Information Assistant Delilah Cazares and the city's public relations firm, Reliance Communications, for planning and coordinating such a successful event.


City manager

El Centro

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