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Marching and Speaking Out to Save the Beach Flats Community Center and Gardens

by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
The Beach Flats Community Center (BFCC) is the neighborhood resource center in the heart of the Beach Flats community. For the last 15 years the BFCC has provided programming that is flexible and continually responsive to emerging community needs.
With community support, the BFCC has steadily worked hard to increase the quality of life in the Beach Flats, increased parent participation in all programs, graduated over 190 children from preschool programs, provided a safe place for children, planted over 150 trees, promoted literacy, and can today boast to having 0 youth on probation in the neighborhood.

The City of Santa Cruz's Budget Subcommittee has recommended the full closure of the BFCC.

Full closure of the BFCC will impact all of the services and programs provided by and through the Community Center, including permitted use of the Beach Flats Park and permitted use of the Community Gardens since BFCC Staff manage Poet's Park and the Beach Flats Community Garden with committee support.

Contact Reyna Ruiz at the BFCC at 831-420-6125 for more information.

* Text taken from a flyer handed out during the march from Beach Flats Park to the Santa Cruz City Council meeting on December 9, 2008.

More information is posted at:

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Marcha y Habla Para Salvar el Centro Comunitario de la Playa y los Jardínes

El Centro Comunitario de la Playa, antes conocido como "La trailita" es un centro de recursos comunitarios en el mero corazón de la playa. El Centro Comunitario de la Playa hace esfuerzos en proveer programación que es flexible y que continuamente responde a las necesidades de familias y de la comunidad.

Con el apoyo de la comunidad, El Centro Comunitario de la Playa consistentemente trabajado muy duro para mejorar la calidad de vida en la vecindad de Beach Flats. El Centro Comunitario de la Playa ha incrementado la participación de padres en todos los programas, graduado mas de 190 niños de sus programas pre-escolares, proveído un lugar seguro para los niños, plantado mas de 150 árboles en la vecindad, promovido la lectura, y hoy puede orgullosamente decir que tiene 0 niños en probación en la vecindad de Beach Flats.

El subcomité de presupuestos de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz esta recomendando la COMPLETA clausura del Centro Comunitario de la Playa, antes conocido como "La Tralita".

La completa clausura del Centro Comunitario impactaría todos los servicios y programas proveídos por el Centro y que pasan por el Centro, inclyendo las reservaciones para parque Beach Flats, el permitido uso de Jardín Poeta y el uso con contrato del Jardín Comunitario con el apoyo de comité.

Comuníquense con Reyna Ruiz en el Centro Comunitario de la Playa al 831-420-6125.

* Texto tomado de un flyer distribuido durante la marcha del parque Beach Flats a la reunión del Concilio de Santa Cruz el 9 de diciembre de 2008.
§Save The Kid's Club
by ~Bradley
§Sign Painting
by ~Bradley
by ~Bradley
§Beach Flats Community Center
by ~Bradley
§Who's Here Today?
by ~Bradley
§Chilacayote at the Beach Flats Community Garden
by ~Bradley
Cucurbita ficifolia is an annual vine or trailing plant grown at high altitudes for its edible seeds, fruit, and greens.
§Poet's Park
by ~Bradley
The Community Center Is Where We Express Our Culture
§Pacific Avenue
by ~Bradley
Save the Beach Flats Community Center
§Children Do Better When They Feel Better.....
by ~Bradley
§Escuela Familiar de la Playa
by ~Bradley
§Save The Beach Flats Community Garden
by ~Bradley
§Kevin Vogel and Zach Friend
by ~Bradley
Kevin Vogel is the Deputy Chief of Police at the Santa Cruz Police Department and Zach Friend is the SCPD's Spokesman.

Police services are the largest single expenditure of the city alone and account for more than 25% of the budget.
§Mother and Daughter
by ~Bradley
§Parks and Recreation
by ~Bradley
§Kid's March
by ~Bradley
§Estoy Triste Porque Me Quitan Un Sueño
by ~Bradley
I am sad because they are taking away my dream
§Save Beach Flats
by ~Bradley
§We Love The BFCC
by ~Bradley
§City Hall
by ~Bradley
§Help Us To Save Our Future
by ~Bradley
§Next Steps
by ~Bradley
§Help Us Save The Pre School
by ~Bradley
§Save the Beach Flats Community Garden
by ~Bradley
§Teach and Learn
by ~Bradley
§Marciano Cruz
by ~Bradley
"Chango" Recognized with "Marciano Cruz Day" on May 12 in Santa Cruz
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