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Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) Furman Park and Apollo Park will receive new walking trails after Downey was awarded $600,000 in county grants — $300,000 for each park.
Furman Park will receive a new trail first, with the City Council on Tuesday approving the project’s specifications and authorizing it to be put out to bid.
The trail measures just over half a mile long and loops around the 13-acre park. It will be made of decomposed granite.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in September and be completed by December before the start of the Northwest Little League season.
New outdoor stationary fitness equipment will be installed along the trail early next year. Security lights will be added if money is left over.
To qualify for the grants, Downey agreed to employ “at-risk” teens to maintain the park trails. Some of their duties will include cleaning the exercise equipment, clearing the trail of debris, doing light landscaping, and replacing pedestrian lights as needed.
2.) The Downey City Library is hosting a blood drive Thursday, Aug. 7. Make an appointment calling or texting Jerry Rivas at (562) 505-4573, or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “downey.”
3.) The eighth annual Sue Phillips Memorial Fundraiser is taking place Sunday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Downey Masonic Lodge. The event is in memory of Susan Phillips, who died of breast cancer in 2002. She was heavily involved in the community, particularly with Downey PTA, West Downey Little League, Job’s Daughters and Warren High band boosters. She also taught “Tot Time” for the city of Downey.
Cost of the dinner and quarter auction is $35, with all proceeds benefiting the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation. To RSVP, call (562) 861-4165 or go to suephillips.info.
4.) West Middle School will be officially renamed Mary R. Stauffer Middle School at a dedication ceremony Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.
5.) Our paper this week contains a full page of Letters to the Editor. Mostly coherent, too. They’ll be posted online at 4 p.m.