NEXT GENERATION CUTS RIBBON ON NEW PARK AND BRIDGE Literally and Figuratively
My two-year-old son Rhys made his political debut today. He literally (with big scissors and all) cut the ribbon on the Comanche Creek Greenway Park Bridge. This ribbon cutting was for his generation and so it was fitting that he and his generation literally and figuratively cut the ribbon on this new Park and bridge.
One of the privileges I have as a Councilmember is to be on hand to cut the ribbons and thank great community partners and stewards of all the good that is in this City. Today was a huge one! Friends of Comanche Creek, Barber Yard, Hegan Lane Business Park businesses, Park and Public Works staff with the City of Chico, Brenden Ottoboni, Dan Efseaff, Debbie Villasenior, Janet Ellner, Emily Alma, Adam Fedeli, Susan Mason…there’s no way to thank them all.
This all started in 1999 about the time I really started to engage politically in Chico when the conservative council (at that time) ignored the public and demanded a highway extension across Comanche Creek into the Hegan Lane Business Park. Through the great efforts of community leaders, some of whom I just mentioned, a referendum was born and a 60-40 successful end to the “keep-paving-over-the-City” planning design mostly died – along with the conservative Council.
It was entirely fitting and proper that what seemed like the entire community came out to support the ribbon cutting. It was my honor and distinct privilege to thank those community members for their encouragement, hard work, dedication, and financial support to make this new park and ADA-Pedestrian bicycle path possible.
Rhys and I cut the ribbon alongside Supervisors Steve Lambert and Maureen Kirk as well as other staff and community members. I was so happy to have a member of the next generation on hand to make the historic opening. These projects are for current residents every bit as much as future residents. So it was so much fun for Rhys to ceremoniously kick off this new jewel in Chico’s crown.
Although it seems silly to mention it since he is so accommodating of Mom and Dad’s crazy life, Rhys was so well behaved (even motioning, not speaking, to other children to be quiet) during the speeches. Everyone thought he was so great and enjoying himself so much. It was very cool and certainly a proud parent moment that I share with my wife Krista Stone. Go Team Stone.