The new park in the Sycamore neighborhood named after West Sacramento sports legend Joseph (Joey) Lopes will open with a ceremony Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m.
The four acre site is parallel to Sycamore Avenue, from West Capitol Avenue south to Evergreen Avenue. The park includes play equipment, lighting, benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains, a shade shelter, half-court basketball, and a parking area. The park’s funding was provided by a state grant award of $4.1 million.
The late Mr. Lopes qualified for the 1948 U.S. Olympics boxing team as an alternate before going on to contend for the World Lightweight title three times. In 1955, he was named Athlete of the Year by the Sacramento Union. In retirement, Mr. Lopes managed the careers of several boxers. He also served as President and Vice President of the West Sacramento Sanitary District and was a member of the West Sacramento Optimist Club. He was also an organizer of the West Sacramento Babe Ruth Baseball League.
The park will be connected to the Sycamore Trail
Joey Lopes park playground, shade shelter, and benches
Second shade shelter
The City of West Sacramento has opened three parks within the last year making Joey Lopes the fourth park.