September 21, 2001

City of Oceanside Celebrates Grand Opening of Cesar Chavez Park

The City of Oceanside is celebrating with the Crown Heights Neighborhood, the Grand Opening of Cesar E. Chavez Park located at 1309 Division Street. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd at 12:00 noon, with the ribbon cutting ceremony planned for one o'clock. A presentation by Nan Nuati-zan's "Ballet Folklorico" will provide entertainment. Along with music and refreshments, there will be activities for children including a "watermelon bust," face painting, a clown, and piñatas. The festivities are expected to conclude at 4:00 p.m.

The park was completed through the combined efforts of the Crown Heights residents, the City, Community Housing of North County and LISC Americorps San Diego. A grant partially funding the project, awarded by the State Commission Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning Project, required that neighborhood youth participate in the planning, design and construction of the park. Approximately 22 neighborhood children submitted design ideas for the park, and resident volunteers of all ages took part in clean up efforts to prepare the site for park development. Tiles, designed by neighborhood youth under the direction of Phillip de la Cruz, a local artist, will be inlaid within the cement walking areas. A "planting" day was held on June 21st in which over 200 residents and city officials joined together to complete the park landscaping.

In addition to the park's grand opening, there will be an Open House at the Americanization School from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. celebrating the relocation of the Crown Heights Resource Center to that site, an Open House at Campfire boys and Girls located at 402 Brook Street from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. to showcase their new computer room and improvements to the center, and an Open House at the Senior Center.

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