Catalina Island News

Knabe Park Sets Sail

City of Avalon

On Friday, January 6th, the community of Avalon was well represented as City Officials set the SS Knabe to launch while opening the newly retrofitted volleyball court, basketball court, play structure and the addition of two swings at Knabe Park.

Mayor Marshall, Council Member Hernandez and Council Member Sampson, after welcoming the community out for this long awaited day, held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the newly renamed Knabe Park and then mimicked the breaking of a bottle on the bow of the SS Knabe to “christen” the vessel into the community.

About 100 people were on hand for the opening of Knabe Park and they ranged from the preschoolers at Kid Ventures to a very anxious group looking forward to getting on the new basketball court.  All four areas (plays structure, basketball, volleyball and the swings) stayed very active throughout the day as we had a “Chamber of Commerce” type of day with sunshine and beautiful weather.  The opening celebration triggered the start of the weekend that saw plenty of the community (along with visitors) engaged in activities in the park.     

At the December 6, 2016 meeting, City Council voted in favor to rename the commonly named park, “Mole Park” to Knabe Park in honor and gratitude to the great support Supervisor Don Knabe has given to the Avalon Community during his tenure as Supervisor.  Amongst the many projects he supported over the years, Supervisor Knabe was instrumental in assisting the City of Avalon with a $300,000 grant that went towards the upgrades to the newly renovated Park.

Knabe Park has received tremendous feedback to what a welcome addition it is to The Mole and the play value it has for the community and the visitors to the City of Avalon.