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Spring Fiesta kicks off Guadiana Park preservation

By Signe Hammer, photos by Carl Meisel

The Friends of Guadiana Park turned out on Tuesday to celebrate spring and help launch a major park preservation effort. On view were the Park’s glorious mesquite trees, 150 to 300 years old and newly cleaned of smothering paixtles and parasitic mistletoe.

To symbolize the planned rejuvenation of the park, Bob Brown, coordinator of the Friends of Guadiana Park Steering Committee, planted a native ceiba, or kapok, a sapling that could itself live 300 years.

The Friends of Guadiana Park started with a group of neighbors concerned about the future of the park, one of San Miguel’s prettiest. The Steering Committee hired a tree expert, Cristina González, to help oversee the cleaning of the mesquite and other trees. Once that work is done and some other immediate needs are addressed, the group plans to survey the park plants, trees, paths, plazas, lighting and equipment and draw up a master plan for restoring the park to mint condition and maintain it into the future.

In the meantime, everyone had a good time, enjoying a balmy afternoon, munching on delicious, locally sourced food—mini-empanadas and cookies from the famous Casita Feliz bakery on calle Guadiana and paletas from La Michoacana Ice Cream at the corner of Potranca and the Ancha. Drinks were provided by volunteers.

To keep things lively, San Miguel’s own Green River band—Martin Zapatero on bass, Jesus Zapatero on guitar and Andres Patlan on drums—played an eclectic mix of popular Mexican songs and classic US rock. The group, which takes its name from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s famous song and album, can be heard at Ten-Ten-Pie restaurant.


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