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Butterfly Park

National City, CA  2013

Partners:  ARTS/A Reason to Survive, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters “Taste of Community” Program, Rokenbok Educational Foundation, San Diego Foundation, Olivewood Gardens, City of National City


More than 200 community members came together to work with Pomegranate Center, ARTS (A Reason to Survive), and the San Diego Foundation to transform a neglected, misused site into a place the community now uses with pride. Through a purposefully short 4 month process (designed to keep community members engaged) the community collaboratively planned and built a revitalized park space. To honor monarch butterflies that migrate through the area every year, a butterfly theme was chosen. Elements include a stage adorned with an acid-washed butterfly wing, amphitheater-style seating and hand-made tiles. Garden beds filled with butterfly-attracting plants are surrounded by benches for gathering and various mosaic impressions of butterflies adorn the site.

Media:  National City Creates Colorful Gathering Place, N-T San Diego,  ABC 10 NewsCBS 8

Photo Credit: Bea Alvarez