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Comment of the Week: Fired Up About Martinez

With all the changes happening in town, what are you most excited about?

with an outpouring of appreciation for all the great changes happening in Martinez. Here's what he said:

I'm really fired up about all that is going on in Martinez. My family and I so appreciate of all the things that this town has to offer. Some of our favorite places and improvements this summer:

1) Playing and swimming at Rankin Park - the tunnel slide is one of the best in the East Bay.

2) The amazing growth at the Center Avenue Community Garden (just celebrated its two-year anniversary) - it's one of my favorite spots to work, harvest, play, and learn about agriculture and gardening. If you're at all interested in these things, it's definitely worth a stop to stroll around.

3) Dinner downtown and Friday night music on Main Street - I've seen a lot of dicussion on patch about the various places to eat, and it's so cool to see how many choices we have. I really like the new outdoor seating, and saw today new platforms in front of Pacifica Pizza, Lemongrass, Haute Stuff, Tapatia, and Liugi's, as well as others sprinkled around already. Our kids have been digging mac and cheese at Smokey D's, and then dancing away with the bands on Fridays. I'm also looking forward to trying out Barrel Aged, and taking in a glass of wine at Compass Star or Roxx on Main. On a side note, the transformation inside Liugi's is pretty sweet. It's a perfect corner for a deli!

4) Reading up on some of the Historic houses on the streets around town. I saw one that hosted Joe Dimaggio's wedding reception.

5) The new sports complexes at the Marina - great for the community!

What changes in Martinez are you most excited about? What makes you proud of your city? Share your thoughts in the comments.

gayle goldblatt July 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I feel like our downtown has finally hit the "tipping point" of a destination location. The theatre primed the pump that Lemongrass, Haute Stuff, and La Tapitia benefited from...and now all the other restaurants! With the great outdoor seating. I walk my dogs downtown nearly every evening and I am seeing more and more people. Couples, swinging hands and walking down the street looking into shop windows, and families with kids running and laughing. It is terrific to see! Will be curious to see effect of new sports center.
Jim Mannion July 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Add the Sunday afternoon Farmer's Market to the list! There seemed to be a good crowd down there today, with live music playing near Starbucks, and inside Liugi's.
Chris Kapsalis July 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Looken for the "Like" button Jim M. There "is" too much to name. We are now open later, and come down after 5 pm and walk Main St. and see for yourself everyone. Very happy about our downtown!!! I will bet you money the Marina is about to go to town! This is exactly what we needed. And thank you Roxx, Marty O's Pizzeria, New Barrel Aged & Compass Star, White Rabbit is open later ,......See here we go, you cannot name them all. For staying open later and later and giving life to our downtown, Again!!!
Carol July 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I am so glad to see more new businesses move to downtown Martinez. A lot of people judge where they will live by the "downtown" and want to see every store front filled with cute shops, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, services, nice landscaping etc. Like!
Sandra Converse July 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM
More music... More Cute shops please!!! So much fun running into people you know out enjoying the same thing! Community!!

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