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Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is pleased to announce that we have completed the major build portion of the Butterfly Park project. From April 18th to 21st, staff, students, and volunteers worked together to create a new public gathering space at Butterfly Park (Palm Avenue, between 20th and 22nd Street in National City). This build was the culmination of a six-month long project funded by the San Diego Foundation and implemented in partnership with A Reason to Survive (ARTS), the City of National City, and The Pomegranate Center.

On Sunday, April 21st, the community celebrated the completion of three days of building, tiling, wood working, cooking, and hard manual labor. All together, over 300 community members; including neighbors, artists, musicians, chefs, government employees, Olivewood volunteers, local nonprofit members, and youth, worked on the project. The new park designed by community members based on feedback from open-forum planning meetings features a recurring butterfly theme that can been seen on wooden benches, mosaic tile work, and lighting features.

Click here to see photos!

To learn more about the community-generated design, please see the Butterfly Park Gathering Place Report.

News Article: “National City Creates Colorful Gathering Place” by Allison Sampite-Montecalvo; San Diego Union Tribune; April 22, 2013

For more information, please contact Pilar Arballo, pilar@olivewoodgardens.org