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Thursday, November 1, 2007

The New Face of Raimondi Park

Ernie Raimondi Park, located immediately across the street from Central Station, just broke ground on a full redevelopment plan. The newly renovated park will include 2 multi-purpose playing fields striped for soccer and football, a baseball diamond, a tot lot and older play structure, picnic area, quiet garden, and an artificially surfaced putting green. A walking/running pathway will encircle the baseball diamond.

The Raimondi’s were a local family, of which the mother, Josephine, worked at the Pacific Cannery. Ernie and his brother Bill were both baseball players, and at one time were playing together for the hometown Oakland Oaks. Ernie served in the military during World War II, and in 1945 he died from wounds received on the battlefields in Europe. To honor Ernie Raimondi and the inspiration he still brings to the city, Ernie Raimondi Park was opened and dedicated on June 27th, 1947. It seemed only natural to honor Ernie Raimondi by creating a new baseball diamond, which Charlie Tye said would “perpetuate his name and give the kids a chance to know of Raimondi's love of the game of baseball."



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