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Cerritos Mayor’s Column: Pulido Touts Community Park and Rec Programs

Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper is thrilled provide Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido’s “Mayor’s Column.”  The feature will be a regular segment in the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Print and On-Line edition on a regular basis.

Official seal of City of Cerritos

Official seal of City of Cerritos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Mayor Mark Pulido

Growing up in Cerritos, I felt privileged to have access to the many parks and recreation facilities available throughout the city. Today, I am delighted that my children are able to experience these same parks and facilities, which continue to be as fresh and beautiful as they were when I was growing up.
The City is committed to providing residents with the best recreation opportunities possible. Cerritos has 25 parks and recreation facilities, including neighborhood parks, community centers, the Cerritos Swim & Fitness Center, the Cerritos Iron Wood-9 Golf Course and the Cerritos Sports Complex. The gymnasiums at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools offer two additional facilities for recreation.
As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to keep its parks vibrant and updated, new playground surfacing was recently installed at Joe A. Gonsalves Park and at the Cerritos Sports Complex. The new surfacing is made of a rubberized material and is part of an ongoing project funded by Community Development Block Grants to upgrade playgrounds throughout the city with materials and equipment that adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and Consumer Product Safety guidelines. All neighborhood parks will gradually be upgraded with the new playground surface.
Playground resurfacing at Heritage Park will be completed in June. The park also will soon showcase new playground equipment and a reconstructed picnic shelter. The new playground equipment will include colorful slides and swing sets, and a decorative colored concrete walkway also will be featured.
Camp Liberty, the City’s largest outdoor covered venue, is in the process of being upgraded. Constructed in 1988, the previously existing wood frame structure has been demolished and a temporary shelter has been raised. The City plans to build a replacement structure in the future.

Councilman Cerritos City Councilman Mark Pulido

Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido

In honor of its efforts to provide outstanding recreation programs and facilities for children, Cerritos was recently named a “Playful City USA” for the seventh consecutive year.
KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving play, in partnership with the philanthropic Humana Foundation, honored 212 communities from across the country with the designation Playful City USA. Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the nation that make a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their communities.
The “Community Services Program” in the February, May, August and November issues of “The Cerritos News” offers a wide variety of fun parks and recreation classes for you and your family. The City’s website at cerritos.us also offers extensive information about fitness programs and facilities under the “Recreation” link. I encourage all Cerritos residents to participate in the City’s parks and recreation programs to improve their health and happiness.

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  • M c M a h o n says:

    Mayor Pulido:


    Agree with most of this story, Cerritos is class, compared to (9) surrounding cities. During the 70’s-80’s, city of Cerritos was compared to the city of Irvine. Unfortunately, the two are not compared anymore, because the 70s-80s vintage era, found in Irvine, Irvine is being preserved far better compared to the city of Cerritos. Irvine is wearing ageism and diversity, much better compared to Cerritos. Even though they are both (40+) years old, City of Irvine, which was cheaper compared to Cerritos, but Irvine far surpasses us in:
    • Housing,
    • Public Works,
    • Parks,
    • Job work force;

    Applaud Cerritos Regional Park, supervisor Knabe has done an excellent job, returning the park like setting in to a country club setting.

    Kudos to staffers: Sherrie Titus /Tod Kuh as team are doing an excellent job regards to Cerritos Park and Recreation.

    Questioned the subscription to Playful City USA, more money out the door for branding, when the city is too broke to trim parkway trees and repair PW.

    Also question, the enormous ethnic recreational programs. Public government, should not be creating Parks and Recreation, for certain ethnic racial groups. Why must the race card be played out in city recreational?

    Mark, in our lives, never heard of an Argentine sport, Italian sport, or Russian sport, Hebrew sport, etc? Read the Cerritos News Letter, it is filled ethnic recreational programs.

    Cerritos brags about home to 47% Seniors. Why dosn’t the Sports Complex-Regional Park, host sports and activities for seniors??? Back in the 70’-80’s, Regional Park had world famous Regional Soft Ball for adults and money poured in to the region and supplied local business. It was great! CCC needs to look in to this and promote.

    Watch the PRC monthly hearings? Not all (5) appointees talk. City needs a cow prompt buzzer, to get all appointees to partake in the agenda discussion. Tired of few appointees hogging the broadcast forum, plus the lack of diversity in appointees . Why can’t the PRC agenda be archived for WWW searching, in order to educate and benefit the IT end users?

    Mark, thanks for the column. Mark, you forgot to mention something from the 70’-80’s, when you were growing up in Cerritos. Cerritos youth played outdoors, compared to today’s Latch-key youth. Parents played with their families outdoors, parents exercised outdoors and in the parks. Today parents are work-a-holics and have isolated from being true parents for the kids.

    40 Yrs Resident.

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