EL CENTRO, Calif. – Imagine a park with no grass. That’s what Swarthout Park looked like for the past few decades. Since early last year the city of El Centro has been working on renovating the worn down play ground and now community members are getting ready to reopen it for use.
“We started approximately two years ago a major renovation of our fields and now they are beautiful, ready to be used, but we also couldn’t do projects like this without the partnership of organizations like Kiwanis,” said Marcela Piedra, who is the director of community services for the city of El Centro.
The park had been vandalized and was in need of repair. Officials decided to close it while fixtures were made. That’s when Kiwanis Club stepped up to the plate and donated more than $20 thousand to complete the project.
“This is a park that needed a little help, it needed to be renovated, it was getting a little out dated a little bad. So we came together and decided that for the children it would be great to give them another place to do sports,” said President of Kiwanis Club, Andrew Williams.
Two years ago the park was a bit of an eye sore for some and it was only creating dust due to the lack of green. Now with a lush turf in place and proper lighting equipment it is one step closer to opening.
“If people remember there was a dust-bowl out here, where kids were playing soccer and there was just dust. So we decided to close it off and just start with the field renovation,” said Piedra.
City officials say this was the last part of remodeling for Swarthout Park. The park should be open by March 1st, 2015.