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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the first fundraising gala of the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation — and what a spectacular privilege and success it was. The event raised over $64,000 for parks and open space in American Canyon! Congratulations to ACCPF for exceeding even their own expectations.

Billed as “An Evening at the Ruins,” the gala took place at what’s left of the old Standard Portland Cement Company’s abandoned factory, located southeast of the Wal-Mart. For a few hours, the “Ruins” (as we locals call them) sprang to vibrant, atmospheric life. As the 260 foundation supporters wined and dined, the century-old concrete walls looked like the ruins of some ancient Roman city set aglow by the setting sun, complete with the mural creations of Bay Area graffiti artists. Like many of the guests, I was blown away by the whole experience.

And then it struck me: Why should this be a one-off? Why not make it a regular thing? Why not do it every Saturday night? Our community has dreamed of a town center for over 20 years. The Watson Ranch Project, with its promise of a commercial and retail center, is closer than ever to being approved. Imagine what we could accomplish if the City of American Canyon and its leaders approve this project within the next six months. The Ruins where the gala took place would become our very own event center. Imagine having such a unique and spectacular space available to everyone on any day!

Why wait to act on Watson Ranch? I call on our City leaders to act now. Rather than deny us access to this one-of-a-kind venue for many more years to come, let’s seize the day for ourselves and our kids to enjoy. Carpe Ruins!

Stephen Hilton

American Canyon

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