National City, CA–County and National City officials held a grand reopening and dedication ceremony of Lincoln Acres County Park on Saturday.
The neighborhood park, nestled in front of the county’s Lincoln Acres Branch Library in National City, has been expanded in size to 1 ½ acres and equipped with new conveniences.
Improvements include two gazebos, covered picnic tables, a community garden, a drinking fountain, and water refilling station, and restrooms. The surfacing of the park’s existing playground was also upgraded. The park already provided families in the neighborhood with a children’s playground, basketball courts, restrooms, and a community room.
“With new acreage and more equitable amenities and access, Lincoln Acres County Park has become a more desirable, prominent place for real community connection,” County Supervisor Nora Vargas said. “It’s important that we continue to prioritize projects like this; projects that support walkable and inclusive play spaces for small, densely populated communities like Lincoln Acres.”
Vargas, National City Fire Chief Frank Parra, and County Parks Director Brian Albright opened Saturday’s event with a brief presentation, followed by an outdoor open house for a couple of hundred members of the public who attended the event.
Former County Supervisor Greg Cox, who represented the area before Supervisor Vargas, also attended. The presentation included a dedication of a memorial plaque honoring the Lower Sweetwater Fire Protection District.
The open house included fun things for all ages, including animal “touch tables” with skulls, animal skins, and live animals, an instructor-led exercise station, a planting workshop, plant-pot painting, photo opportunities with a National City fire engine. The County’s Live WoW (Well on Wheels) resource bus was also at the event, in addition to sheriff’s officials and local authors of a “Lincoln Acres Centennial Book.”