Park Grand Opening May 20, 2000
To the music of Tom Petty's "Wildflower", fourteen white
doves were released for Carson by his parents at the climax of an
emotional opening ceremony that included an honor guard by
Healdsburg's Boy Scout Troop 21, the Star Spangled Banner sung by four
young ladies of the award winning Ursuline's Women's Choir, and a prayer of
dedication by Carson's grandfather..
Soaring temperatures could not discourage the many
participating skaters from reveling on their new playground. DJ Entertainers
blasted popular tunes over the park to the delight and twirls and whirls of
skaters of all ages. Many goods donated by local businesses including a
skateboard deck autographed by Tony Hawk were given away
as awards for skate contests and as raffles. Food and drinks were provided by
local service groups.
Awards of appreciation from the Carson
Warner Memorial Steering Committee were presented to individuals that gave
massive amounts of time or in-kind services while refusing any form of
remuneration. They were the "keepers of Carson's dream" and included
Kristen Vasquez, Terry and Tony Amoruso of Amoruso Printing, David Dietz, Nancy
& Jerry Eddinger of Eddinger Enterprises, and Jay Tripathy of Garden Works.
Photos courtesy of Healdsburg