Ceremony Thursday to mark official reopening of Waterfront Park

A ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday will mark the official reopening of Martinez Waterfront Park, according to Rica Guidry, executive assistant to the city manager.

The ceremony will take place at the ballfields entrance off Joe DiMaggio Drive, she said in the city’s announcement.

“This cornerstone project funded primarily through Measure H reconstructed and renovated the entire Waterfornt Park area,” her announcement said.

“Work included new field lighting and fencing, a new group picnic area, various smaller picnic areas, a restroom at the tot lot, a new parking lot and repaving of (an) existing parking lot at the bocce courts, repaving of the north parking lot, new trails and sidewalks, new safety lighting and expansion of the events meadow,” she said.

Among the other projects was the renovation of Field 3, modifying it to a professional baseball level. The work was finished May 30 in time for the start of the Martinez Clippers ball club to start its inaugural season.

The remainder of Waterfront Park was open Sept. 28, with fields 1, 2 and 4 ready for softball.

The Martinez Waterfront Park project is complete, including landscaping and its maintenance period., she said.

The ribbon-cutting will start at 6 p.m. Thursday near Joe DiMaggio Drive.

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