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Holiday Highlands Park Opens, Then Closes Again

City officials cut the ribbon on the latest Measure H-optimized facility.

What does $1 million buy you these days? Well, if you run a city, it can purchase you a modestly renovated park.

Members of the Park, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission and four of five city council members were on hand this week to cut the ribbon officially opening Holiday Highlands Park on Figtree Lane. The project includes a new bathroom (something the old park did not have), walkways, and new turf.

By the way, the sign welcoming visitors shares a space with the city logo and a crawdad. Why a crawdad? Because the creek lining the street side of the park is historically where Martinez kids have always gone to find the tasty little critters. 

Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, the fence surrounding the park was put back into place. The new grass needs more time to grow before people can play on it, officials said.

It should open to the public within a month. 

V.R. Sanders April 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
So it's "officially open", but closed to the public? What an "unwelcoming" thing to do. Maybe the city needs an event planner to make sure these occasions come off with better effect. Like the sound of children playing in a newly rededicated park. IMO
Gay Gerlack April 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM
It was a "ribbon cutting" ceremony that had been planned for quite a while, but the recent heavy rains made it where the sod lawn would sustain damage if used before it had a chance to properly root. Since Mother Nature is not on our city staff we worked with what she gave us, rain which the community needed, and a sunny time slot for the ribbon cutting. As soon as the lawn is rooted, the park will be open and all of its new ammenities will be enjoyed by the community. The park is beautiful!
Paul L Wilson April 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Take the fence down and put it back up $$$$?
Gay Gerlack April 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Paul, the fence wasn't "taken" down, we just swung opened the fence in a couple of areas for people to walk in, and then it was just slid back in place...Patty Lorick was able to do this by herself, so no extra $$$$'s for the city.
Paul L Wilson April 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Sorry Gay my mistake but maybe I read this story wrong. “Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, the fence surrounding the park was put back into place.” Thanks for explaining the facts “we just swung opened the fence in a couple of areas for people to walk in, and then it was just slid back in place...” You can see where the confusion has arisen.
Gay Gerlack April 14, 2012 at 01:05 AM
No problem, Paul, it does "read" as if the whole fence came down, I just wanted to clarify for you.

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