A happy group celebrating another addition at Westpark Community Center.
On Tuesday, May 3 parents, staff, young boxers, sponsors and city dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the completion and installation of the Westpark Community Center’s new fitness facility, flooring and equipment. Ventura Chief of Police Ken Corney was there to show the VPD’s support for the wonderful programs offered there for our youth. As was Ventura resident and business owner Sal Flores who spends many hours mentoring at-risk kids participating in the Ventura Boxing Club that he started at Westpark.
The new fitness facility will host a variety of programs such as boxing, exercise fitness, martial arts, step classes and Zumba. Westpark serves 120 youths daily, ages 6-17, and more than 1,100 children annually through free and low-fee, scheduled and drop-in programs for fitness, enrichment and homework.
“It has been a dream and an amazing journey to see all the growth, changes and improvements at Westpark,” says Youth Programs Coordinator Anita Diaz who has been center director for more than a decade and a half.
Aera Energy sponsored the facility’s new flooring. Aera Energy has actively supported the center’s youth academic and physical fitness programs for many years, especially through startup seed money for the Ventura Police Activities League (PAL) that supports programs at the Center.