West Blythe residents mobilize to revitalize neighborhood park: 'Clean Up & Gathering' scheduled for Oct. 25

“As of now, a signed petition was given to the city with no response on any improvements for our park,” states the Westside Park Clean-Up & Gathering organizers’ informational flyer. “We, as a neighborhood, need to take action to preserve and improve our park for our children, for the future, as the Heart of the Westside.”

Following a submitted residents’ petition and public presentation addressed to the Blythe City Council earlier this year in January – seeking substantive action on improving the state of Westside Park – citizens in the west sector of town have since opted to independently mobilize towards addressing the recreation area.

“As of now, a signed petition was given to the city with no response on any improvements for our park,” states the clean-up organizers’ informational flyer. “We, as a neighborhood, need to take action to preserve and improve our park for our children, for the future, as the Heart of the Westside. We need your help to clean, paint and enjoy our park together on a Sunday afternoon. We will have some refreshments and everyone is encouraged to use masks and distancing as needed. Bring chairs and shade.”

The Clean-Up & Gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m., Oct. 25, at Westside Park (on the corner of W. Barnard St. and N. Carlton Ave.).

“We invite all local neighborhood families and friends to continue efforts to revitalize our park,” state organizers.

As previously reported, on Jan. 14 a request with 96 signatures from residents of the neighborhood near Westside Park in the western section of Blythe was presented by local Sabrina Pineda to the City Council during closing call to the public at City Hall.

The request called for public officials to take substantive action toward improving the park’s amenities, equipment, upkeep and general beautification.

“I, Sabrina Pineda, and the local residents of our neighborhood near Engevic Park would really value a more modern and usable park. Many of us grew up enjoying the park; as myself, my children and now my grandchildren. Over the years, our local park has become somewhat of a hazard due to not having proper maintenance and equipment. Both safety and aesthetic concerns have developed from partial removal of equipment and very poor upkeep. The children in our neighborhood deserve a park that they can enjoy,” stated Pineda. “We are desperately in need of basic equipment, maintenance and new items such as toddler swings. I understand that over time we cannot use our drinking fountain but a simple hydration station may be a way to provide water to those who use the park.”

Pineda further underlined the park as a center for children in the neighborhood to, not only play at, but also use as a stop to board buses to school in the mornings and afternoons.

“Adding some simple ‘slow/children at play’ signs may help with the traffic safety concerns from those who drive by the park,” added Pineda. “Overall, it is time to upgrade and modernize our park. Many of the local residents feel the same way and have signed a commitment to stand behind calling for these improvements to Engevic Park, for the neighborhood but mainly for our children.”

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