The original plan in 1952 was to have stables where our community park is now located. Over time that changed, and the new vision was to create a community park with a clubhouse. But for that to happen, donations were needed as the HOA was not going to make any special assessments.
The development of the park began in 2002. Wayne Breise spearheaded the operation with donations from 71 neighbors ranging from $200 to $25,000. The first phase included a gazebo with meandering sidewalks that led through an arbor to inspiration point and around the lawn area that included a rose garden. Member donations allowed for the planting of trees, drinking fountains, concrete seating and a picnic table.
The neighborhood demographics changed as original owners moved out and more families with children moved in. Having a tot lot playground with swings, a slide and climbing equipment became the next phase in 2012.
In 2014, a dog park was created, and in 2016, a putting green was installed. The end result is a park that is fun for the entire family. In addition to the annual picnic in October, members get to enjoy the park with several scheduled events that include a golf championship in June, a concert in July and family movie night under the stars in August.
Also, our community park is home to potlucks, kids’ birthday parties, and weddings as members have full access to reserve it at no charge. What our park has given us is a true sense of community with our neighbors and that in turn creates more camaraderie.
—Susan Clarke Crisafulli writes on behalf of Alvarado Estates.