Youth Remembered at the Youth Grove on Thursday, May 10, 2007
The City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force will host the 2nd Annual “Evening of Remembrance” on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at 7:15 p.m. to remember Santa Clarita Valley youth who died in traffic-related collisions. The event will be held at the Youth Grove in Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.
The program will include songs and readings, and will be highlighted by a reading of the names of the 69 youth who are included in this memorial.
“Controlling the number of fatalities on the road is an impossible task, yet the people of Santa Clarita have taken on this issue and mobilized its efforts in a positive direction towards a lasting legacy,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.
“The community has built a permanent memorial that will teach the youth of today and of future generations to make good and responsible choices.”
The half acre-memorial features individual pillars that mimic cut tree stumps, each representing a young life cut short on the road, and bearing a plaque with a name and a reminder that this young person is “Forever 16” or “Forever 18” or “Forever Young.”
The stumps surround a central monument featuring the “KNOW MORE” vow urging the community to “KNOW MORE” about safe driving habits, and to pledge that “NO MORE” young lives will be lost from drinking and driving, or from reckless and irresponsible choices.
Recently, the Youth Grove was honored with two prestigious awards, the Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities, and the Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force is comprised of community-based organizations, parents, youth, educators, law enforcement, businesses and City staff.
Since its inception in 2000, the Task Force has worked with our community to educate parents and teens about different teen issues, including the consequences of abusing drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
For more information on the “Evening of Remembrance” event and the Youth Grove, please call Tess Simgen, Community Services Analyst, at (661) 255-4956 or visit www.santa-clarita.com.