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Voice: Nosotros Park is flourishing, thanks to many

March 16, 2002

This weekend as Sandra and I were returning from an always exciting visit to my favorite chain hardware store, I suggested we stop by one of the city of Calexico's most recently completed construction projects; Nosotros Park. The park also shares its name with Jack Anderson, who was instrumental in acquiring a grant to fund the park project, and David Kelley, who was responsible for making the grant happen.

When we entered the parking lot, we found a birthday party that appeared to be in full swing. There were kids playing basketball at one of the two new-lighted courts, both boys and girls were using the new skateboard park facility as well. Other kids were roller-blading on the paved walkways. The shade covered picnic tables is where the adults were hanging out preparing all types of foods. The smaller kids were entertained at one of the two new obstacle playground units.

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The park is accessible to the disabled and includes restrooms, a multi-use field for football and soccer complete with real sports lighting for night play, a paved and lighted jogging trail that snakes around the entire facility.

I was very pleased to see the new Nosotros Park being put to its full use by these families; a facility that was desperately needed in this community's west end.

I commend the city of Calexico's City Council, Redevelopment Agency and recreation committee along with all of those other individuals behind the scenes including city staff, for their vision in making this project a reality.

JAVIER DIAZ

AIA project architect

Coup Smith Diaz Architects

Calexico

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