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A much-needed park

December 19, 2001

Nosotros Park finally has opened, providing an important recreation addition in Calexico. We are sure it will be put to good use by kids and provide a comfort level for parents who will know their kids are off the streets.

It took a lot to make Nosotros Park a reality. Assemblyman Dave Kelley, during his term as our state senator, worked hard to obtain funding that got the project moving forward. City officials came forward with the money to complete the project and get it open — just in time for the winter break when kids will have two free weeks of mostly nice weather to enjoy the park.

It has taken years to make the project a reality, and while the park does not contain everything city officials and residents desired, it still addresses a need. Perhaps as more funding becomes available there can be additions to the park.

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Nosotros contains the Imperial Valley's second skate park. The first park opened in Calipatria, providing that city with a key way to keep kids off the streets. Now that Calexico has a skate park, we are hopeful young people will flock to that facility rather than practice their sport in the streets where they endanger themselves and others.

Nosotros Park also includes multi-purpose fields that can provide areas for kids to practice baseball and other sports or just to run around. The park has a colorful playground, picnic tables and other elements.

We are confident families will use the park. That is a key purpose of a park. It should provide a source of recreation that families can enjoy together.

We applaud the efforts of the Calexico City Council and Kelley for recognizing the need for parks in the city. When cities must deal with budgets, police and fire issues and other matters, it is good to see a council not lose sight of the need for services such as recreation.

Calexico city officials have shown, through Nosotros Park and other actions, that they care about serving the needs of the city.

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