Community celebrates upcoming enhancements for Southwinds Park
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On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, children, parents and friends joined City of Oxnard officials and staff for a special groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of upcoming improvements at Southwinds Park, 455 W. Clara St.
The $1.1 million enhancements are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The improvements are anticipated to be complete in fall 2017 and include:
- replacing the existing play areas
- resurfacing the jogging path
- renovating the restrooms, exercise stations and barbecue areas
- replacing the existing baseball field with a new lawn area
- adding new fencing and bollards
“It’s so important that people have open space,” said Mayor Tim Flynn. “This is what allows people to breathe; this is what allows families to come together; and this is what allows people, after a hard day of work, to come together and just recreate and relax and say, ‘Wow. Thank God we have this beautiful park right here in the middle of our neighborhood,’” Flynn continued.
The Southwinds Improvements Project was initiated in response to residents who voiced their concerns to the Oxnard City Council regarding quality of life issues in their neighborhood and specifically at their neighborhood park.
Quality of life is one of the City Council’s four strategic priorities, and parks have a direct impact on quality of life. Oxnard residents, the city council and staff worked together to move forward with the project.
During the ceremony, City Manager Greg Nyhoff thanked the City Council, City staff and Southwinds community member Celeste Gamino who have been actively involved with the project. “I am so honored and proud to be your city manager, for all of you who have come together to make this a safer place for this community,” said Nyhoff.
“I hope this is a beginning for south Oxnard for safety and empowerment for our community,” said Celeste Gamino who went on to explain that she and two other community members began surveying other Southwinds residents to share their concerns with the City of Oxnard. As an immigrant from Mexico, Gamino said she wanted to give a voice to other immigrants who may be afraid to report park issues.