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Bakersfield park named in honor of fallen officer opens Friday

The David Nelson Park is seen Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in east Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/ Claudette Stefanian)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The David Nelson Park will officially open Friday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m.

The pocket park near Monterey and Niles streets honors Nelson, a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Local dignitaries, as well members of the Nelson family, are expected to be in attendance at the opening ceremony. The event is open to the community.

Ward 2 Councilman Andrae Gonzales said this park was finally completed after three and a half years of work. The nonprofit Children’s First headed the efforts.

Gonzales said the idea of the park became a reality after community meetings back in 2015 revealed the need for a green space where children could play. Once they got the wheels in motion, they decided to name the park after Nelson, who lost his life while pursuing a suspect just a few blocks away from the park’s location.

The park will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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