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City and State Say Sacramento Neighborhood Needs A Park

A Sacramento neighborhood will get its first park if the Sacramento City Council approves the plans at tomorrow's meeting.  

The proposed site for the new park is the corner of 61st Street and 40th Avenue.  The site is two-and-a-half acres and used to be home to a swim and racquet club.

City Councilman Kevin McCarty helped secure state grant money from a proposition to cover the $2.2 million cost.

"This is a neighborhood in my district in the city that is park deficient.  It's one of the few neighborhoods with over 5,000 residents that does not have a park," says McCarty.

Gary Hyden with the city says if the council approves the project, construction will start next spring.   "This park site is built from scratch, We have a perimeter wall, we have entry gates -which are automatic because the park will be closed at dusk, we have a small parking area older children's play area, tot lot, picnic area.

The park's blueprint also has a beginning skateboarder area and basketball court. 

The city bought the land for the park six years ago.  The project has been successfully bid and construction will likely begin in the spring. 

The park will likely be called Artivio Guerrero Park after a World War II veteran and longtime Sacramento teacher. 

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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