The final layout for Art Guerrero Park.

The final layout for Art Guerrero Park.

On November 1st, a new local park will be opening in honor of the late Art Guerrero. The ribbon cutting will take place at the park, at 6000 61st Street, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join City Councilmember Kevin McCarty and the Guerrero family in the celebration.

Artivio Guerrero, known affectionately as “Mr. G” to many who knew him, spent much of his life giving back to his community, whether it was through his service in the Air Force, his time as a mentor and teacher to local youth, or through is work with The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which strives to help the less fortunate. Not to mention his time as a member of the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association and an organization called Area Congregations Together.

Guerrero passed away on January 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and daughters Teresa and Ana Maria.

In spring of 2014, Kevin McCarty officially broke ground on the future 2.5 acre park, located near Will C. Wood Middle School. And after months of construction, the park is set to open this Saturday.

“My family and I are thrilled to have our Father be honored in this way,” said Ana Miller, daughter of Guerrero.

“It is fitting,” she added, “because of his many years of dedication to educating children and the betterment of the community.  For us, it is so special to have his memory live on in this park, a happy place that he would have loved.”

Art Guerrero Park will feature a playground, a beginner skate park, water misters, and public art, and will be surrounded by low water use plants. For many, a local park in Guerrero’s name is the perfect way to honor such a loving, determined, community leader.

 

(image courtesy of the City of Sacramento)