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August 5, 2009 > Youth clean up Cardoza Park

Youth clean up Cardoza Park

By Dustin Findley

The Youth Advisory Commission did some clean up work at Cardoza Park on July 24. Commissioners and Youth Program Coordinator Samu Tiumalu raked, swept, bagged trash, leaves and weeds around the horseshoes, amphitheater and lawn areas.

Original plans for clean-up included painting tables but an apparent barbecue on the preceding Monday left the tables needing to be completely replaced before any painting could start. Tables were burned or otherwise damaged, and 12 garbage bins full of trash were strewn about. On July 24 water bottles were hanging high in a tree because staff was unable to reach them.

Cardoza is the "most used park in Milpitas" according to Tiumalu and it looks like it is being used. Most parks are limited to 25 people but upwards of 125 people can use Cardoza Park, including the baseball fields.

Tiumalu says cleaning up Cardoza will be an ongoing process. He hopes to do it once a month, getting more youth involved, especially from the Milpitas Teen Center.

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