Under a perfectly blue sky, today the new Los Gatos Creekside Sports Park enjoyed its kickoff in the company of residents, children, town employees, volunteers and government officials. As the mayor explained, it wasn't a ground-breaking as we weren't going to break ground per se, but it is a kickoff (and the kids helped with that).
The mayor, Joe Pirzynski, got the event going just a little after 3:30. (Also present, to the left, were council members Steve Rice, Diane McNutt, Barbara Spector and former councilmember turned County Supervisor Mike Wasserman - Steve Leonardis was not available.)
Todd Capurso, the Los Gatos Director of Parks and Public Works, was next at bat (so to speak). In addition to his own remarks, he was also covering for town manager Greg Larson, who's out ill right now. (Get well soon, Greg!)
Todd Capurso thanked nearly everyone present for being involved in one capacity or another over the last several years to get us to today. It was a bit of a litany with a lot of names included but it was very gracious to mention so many.
The biggest surprise of the day came from Ed Sanjuan and the Los Gatos United Soccer League, which had saved over the years and presented the town with a $100,000 check toward the sports park effort. Many, many thanks!!!
The mayor was a little suprised and deeply appreciative for the town upon the presentation of this amazingly generous donation.
Meanwhile, the group of kids who were slated to do some kicking were ready to go - enough speeches already!
But wait, there's more! All of these talks and events were happening in the shadow of two very large tractors which were parked near one of the old GTE buildings. Clearly, it had to go before there'd be soccer or anything else happening here. But to the delight of the crowd, the motors turned on and both tractors got into action and began demolishing the large structure. (And it wasn't just the children who enjoyed seeing this either!) It was big, it was noisy, it was fun.
With typical Los Gatan hospitality, there were refreshments to be enjoyed afterward. The crowd did mingle and linger. It was a success. We hope to see the finished product within the year.
Past and related articles on sports parks in Los Gatos:
Los Gatos Planning Commission Public Hearing on Creekside Sports Park at 930 University Avenue (2011)
Permit for Los Gatos Skatepark Revoked: Now What? (Mar 19, 2008)
Los Gatos Skatepark Gaining Support (June 17, 2007)
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