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Econome Family Park to open

By: Addie McBee
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Econome Family Park Grand Opening

6 p.m. July 12

1900 Parkway Drive North

Admission: Free

 

In celebration of the Econome Family Park completion, the City of Folsom is holding a grand opening with many festivities.

The grand opening will feature a free hot dog dinner followed by the dedication and ribbon-cutting at 7:30 p.m. After the ceremony, enjoy refreshments, sports demonstrations, a history walk and learn about activities and volunteer opportunities from a variety of community groups.

Containing bocce ball courts, tennis courts, an open-play turf area, two play areas, covered picnic areas and even access to the trail, the park will be a great place for families throughout the entire community to enjoy.

The park is named to honor brothers George and Nick Econome as well as their respective wives, Marilyn and Ann, for their collective contributions to the Folsom community. Both George and Nick were members of many different organizations in Folsom such as the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Folsom Rotary Club, the Folsom Lion’s Club and more. Both have helped to develop many different youth programs, playgrounds and educational opportunities with the help of their wives.

“They are all just spectacular people and a wonderful family to know,” said friend and Folsom Rotary Club President Dave Boldt. “I can’t say enough for them and for George and Marilyn. I love those people, they were just open arms to me, and I had some great moments and times with them.”

Nick served more than 25 years on the Folsom Planning Commission and was influential in ensuring parks were included in the development of Folsom. He also served on an economic development committee to ensure as Folsom grew, it attracted businesses and companies that would financially support the community. One of the committees he served on was responsible for attracting Intel to Folsom.

George was an active member of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years and acted as president for several terms, fostering the partnership between businesses and the town to build a healthy economy and develop a quality of life for the community of Folsom. George also served as the president of the Folsom Rotary Club as well. On April 18, George passed away at 83 years old.

“He would be overwhelmed with joy and happiness if he was here today and he could see what is going on with the park. I am sure there would be a lot of tears for what we will see on Thursday for the Econome family and for George and Marilyn,” Boldt said.

For more information on the Econome Family Park, call 916-461-6601.