|Residents, community groups and the City of Chula Vista are teaming up to celebrate the re-opening of Lauderbach Park, Saturday, September 6. Food, entertainment, prizes, free health screenings, a park re-dedication ceremony and the final Southwest United in Action convention are on the agenda. Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the free event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m.
Lauderbach Park, located at 333 Oxford Street is an important resource for the Southwest community. Friends of Lauderbach Park, a group of neighbors and community organizations, worked with the City to address concerns about vagrancy, safety and litter in the park. They also provided valuable input on the kinds of improvements that were made, including: extra lighting, more picnic tables, a walking path, play equipment, rubberized play areas, a restroom, drinking fountain, new landscaping and a 6’ high fence for the Boys & Girls Club, located adjacent to the park. The City spent approximately $520,000 on improvements.
City officials, including Mayor Cheryl Cox and City Councilmembers, will speak at a grand re-opening ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Along with City staff, they will participate in the third and final Southwest United in Action convention. The conventions have provided a forum for residents to express their ideas and list priorities for improving their neighborhoods. Saturday’s event will be a great opportunity for Southwest community members to discover the positive changes already underway--sidewalk construction, park renovations and pedestrian improvements.
The Southwest area consists of neighborhoods south of L Street to Main and west of I-805 within the Chula Vista city limits.
Lauderbach Park’s re-opening coincides with Latino Health Awareness Month. Organizations such as Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC), Network for a Healthy California, and WalkSanDiego will be providing important nutrition and health education at the September 6 event. Representatives will be distributing free fruits and vegetables and offering health screenings at no cost.