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City to dedicate park to Jovita Idar

Those who frequent the park will now be able to enjoy the great outdoors while also brushing up on our local heritage.
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 7:44 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2020 at 6:15 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - The City of Laredo is honoring a local pioneer and staple in our community.

On Friday morning, Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz and city officials gathered for the official unveiling of the new and improved Jovita Idar, El Progreso Park.

Idar is a journalist, educator, nurse, and activist who was born in the 80′s and dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of Mexican Americans.

Those who frequent the park will now be able to enjoy the great outdoors while also brushing up on our local heritage.

Council member Nelly Vielma proposed the name change back in January 2019 and says the purpose of the project is to preserve Idar’s legacy and all that she stood for.

“This is for generations to come so that they can learn about the activist of the civil rights and the discrimination that Jovita stood for. And so we have a beautiful mural that tells the story. We went in historical order and worked with able and collaborated the artistic message to learn about that.”

The project was a collection of Mike Guerra, Margarita Araiza, and UTSA professor Gabriela Gonzalez.

El Progresso Park, formally known as the Bartlett Park, is located at the 5900 block of Thomas Avenue.

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