Residents are invited to make their mark on one of Oakdale's most popular parks this weekend by painting a wall tile that will be displayed there for years to come.
The tile painting event is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dorada Park at North Second Avenue and East A Street. Participants are encouraged to reserve their tile ahead of time.
The tiles will be displayed on a wall at the Alex and Emma Play Park, the play structure at Dorada Park, and unveiled at a celebration event on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Formerly named Children's Play Park and informally known as wood park, because much of the structure is made of wood, the play structure was renamed Alex and Emma Play Park, after two children who passed away. Their family donated the funds to finish a rehabilitation of the park in 2015.
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"... Alex and Emma are grandchildren to Robert E. and Beverly Gilbert," reads a statement from the Gilbert family. "Alex was their grandson and Emma was their great granddaughter. The Gilbert family wants the play park to honor and remember (the) lives of Alex and Emma, and all others who are gone too soon.”
The tiles will be displayed along East A Street on a wall of the same proportions of a tiled wall on the corner that was created when the play park was built in 1993, said City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.
The new wall already features some tiles made by volunteers who participated in the renovation but there are still about 200 tiles left, he said.
The tiles cost $40. Since there are limited tiles available, visit the Oakdale City Hall at 280 North Third Ave. to reserve and prepay for your tile.