Community members this weekend celebrated the completion of renovations at Santa Maria’s Buena Vista Park.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony, festival and resource fair were held at the park on Saturday.
Located at 800 S. Pine St., it is Santa Maria’s oldest community park, originally dedicated in 1906.
The park’s new design includes gardens, trees, grassy play areas, basketball courts, walkways, a new playground, renovated restrooms, tetherball courts, a bandstand, and a space for community events. The design also pays tribute to the park’s 100-year history, with tile murals at the park’s entrance at Morrison Ave. and Pine St. that illustrate its beginnings.
"We have a celebration, and then after the celebration we get back to work because we still haven’t solved so many of the problems that exist for the neighbors in this area," organizers told KSBY.
Last week, the City Council approved two-hour parking zones along the park’s boundaries.
Renovations at the park began in September of 2016.