Richard Sanchez

Council members Don Peterson and Daniela Andrade, Parks department supervisor Heidi Meraz, Richard Sanchez, and council members Colleen Wallace, Dave Happe and Art Welch.

Mayor Art Welch and the Banning City Council took a moment to share a tremendous amount of thanks for a longtime public servant before the start of their May 28 meeting.

Richard Sanchez was the recipient of a certificate of appreciation from the council, recognizing his decades of contributions both as a former parks and recreation commissioner, and as a longtime Banning resident.

“Because of your efforts the city of Banning is a much better city and place to stay,” Welch told Sanchez.

Welch expressed his personal admiration for the level of dedication Sanchez has provided, and thanked him for the 30-plus years he has contributed to the city.

Welch encouraged the public to visit Richard Sanchez Park, joking that “You would likely see Sanchez there in his free time sweeping the sidewalks and picking up trash.”

Sanchez started his first term with the Parks and Recreation Commission in October of 1979.

Richard Sanchez Park was dedicated in 2008, is located on Cypress Street near Calvary Christian School in Banning and features picnic areas, basketball courts and has a kid’s playground.

“I would like to thank the city of Banning, which I love very much,” Sanchez said.

Staff Writer Trevor Caddel may be reached at (951) 849-4586 x117.

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