EL SOBRANTE -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony and native plant tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to kick off a "mini-park" project near San Pablo Creek that will further enhance the grounds around the El Sobrante Library.

The community is invited to see drawings of the project, tour the native vegetation planted and tended by volunteers from the nonprofit creek group SPAWNERS, and hear speakers, including Supervisor John Gioia, Contra Costa County Librarian Jessica Hudson, county Public Works Deputy Director Brian Balbas and East Bay Regional Park District board member Whitney Dotson. Refreshments will be served.

"The project will improve the park setting by enhancing the creek restoration area, adding interpretive displays, and constructing a new open public plaza for group gatherings," according to an announcement from Gioia's office. "The project will also enhance the demonstration garden along Garden Road by relocating the flagpole, adding a children's sensory garden and upgrading the landscape."

The project will also include repaving the parking lot with a permeable surface for drainage and installing a new padded surface for the play structure in the Children's Reading Garden.

The project is a collaboration among the library, the county Public Works Department, Gioia's office and SPAWNERS.


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Funding for the work comes from the East Bay Regional Park District's Measure WW, the county's Park Dedication Funds and the county library.