FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 –
By Steve Marschke
West Sacramento officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a new neighborhood park and water storage facility.
The Jerome D. Barry Park is located on Ballpark Drive next to the Ironworks subdivision and near Raley Field. It’s named after a man who straddled the 19th and 20th centuries in West Sacramento, playing professional baseball in his youth and then serving as a local justice of the peace from 1913-1925 in the “Washington Township” of northeastern West Sacramento.
The park name was proposed by the West Sacramento Historical Society, represented at Friday’s celebration by its president, Thom Lewis. Lewis said of Jerome Barry:
“In his remarkable life, he was a justice of the peace in Washington Township, he was a foreman for Southern Pacific and he pitched for the Sacramento Altas,” as well as serving as a volunteer fighter and as a judge.
Drizzly weather pushed most of the park celebration indoors – into the spanking new water pump station located next to the little park.
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon used his public remarks to tout the city’s redevelopment of the surrounding “Bridge District” area into a new urban place that will feature housing opportunities to suit different preferences and different stages of life. He now lives in a townhome in the adjacent Ironworks subdivision.
“As we build more urban homes,” said Cabaldon, “we need more open spaces as well – more opportunities for recreation, for reflection, and for dogs to run.”
He thanked State of California officials for chipping in $23 million to help ready the infrastructure in the Bridge District. The state was represented at the grand opening by Anna Caballero, Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing under Governor Jerry Brown.
Caballero praised the city’s work in the Bridge District. She also delivered a message about drought and water conservation, saying the governor had charged his department heads with promoting water conservation at every public opportunity.
“It could rain almost every other day between now and May,” said Caballero, and we still wouldn’t be out of the drought. The governor has asked us all to reduce our water use by 20 percent.”
“This project,” she noted of the park and water pump station, “captures rain water.”
The pump house’s wing-shaped roofs indeed are designed to catch rain water and save it for irrigation.
Other speakers at Friday’s event included City Manager MartinTuttle, Ironworks homeowners association president Ron Price and city parks commission member Bernadette Austin.
For more information about the park, see the News-Ledger’s February 26 report, now available online here.
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