Tuesday May 6, 2008 

The City of Napa will host a ceremony on Saturday May 10, highlighting the reopening of Veterans Memorial Park as part of the completed downtown floodwall and promenade.

Mayor Jill Techel and other City representatives will be joined in the Park by Congressman Mike Thompson, Flood District Board Chairman Brad Wagenknecht, Col. Thomas Chapman of the US Army Corps of Engineers and other dignitaries for the 1:30pm ceremony. Tom Sarciapone, Chairman of the Napa United Veterans Council, will present the flags which will then be raised by the Napa Police Department color guard. The public is invited to attend.

This event was planned for May 10 to coincide with the Friends of the Napa River’s “Celebrate the Napa River” event which will take place from 12noon to 4pm at sites from Copia to Veterans Memorial Park to the Napa Mill. 

Veterans Memorial Park, a popular site for annual events like the Old Fashioned Fourth of July and the Symphony on the River, has been under construction since mid March 2007. The new park space is designed to convey water when flooding threatens, while providing opportunities for entertainment and leisure in the terraced amphitheater area. The Napa River Trail passes through the eastern edge of the park along the riverside. Completion of the Hatt to First Floodwall and Promenade, the urban centerpiece of west bank improvements by the Napa River Flood Project, allows the park to be returned to public use as of May 10. 

The park was earlier known as River Vista Park, and was renamed Veterans Memorial Park by Council action in September 1987.