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Memorial Day will be the 20th Anniversary of Veteran's Park!

May 05, 2015 06:31PM ● By Paul Spear
With Memorial Day being the 20th anniversary of the Imperial Beach Veterans Park it is felt by many that we should have a special celebration honoring our Veterans and Veterans Park.

Twenty years ago with big fanfare the existing park was renamed Veterans Park on Memorial Day May 29th, 1995. Before that it was known as Marina Vista Park.

Longtime resident, Josie Hamada, brought the anniversary of the park to my attention.
Josie went on to mention that veterans for the 82nd Airborne Club in San Diego have been coming here every year to celebrate Memorial Day at the park. As far as we have been able to research, it is the only park in the San Diego named Veterans Park although San Diego has plans for a very large one on the drawing board.

If anyone has plans for something special or the anniversary we would love to hear about it.
Just recently it was used when the City of Imperial Beach held its "Open Air" Open House to get the city employees to mingle with the citizens of IB ask ask questions of department heads and personnel.

Other than that, Veterans Park could easily be one o the cities most best kept secreats.
We really should have more activities there as it has a great stage and the park usually goes unused for event!

Here is what San Diego has planned: 

A Dramatic Vision

The USS Midway Museum has developed a conceptual vision for Navy Pier that includes permanent downtown parking and a Veterans Park. Extending the length of the pier, along the Greatest Generation Walk, and out to the Bob Hope Memorial on the G Street Mole, Veterans Park would become the largest of its kind on the West Coast. 

Paul Spear, Editor,

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