October 2, 2012

Derby Park to be Rededicated - Honoring Sgt. Charles Derby

The City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department and City Council are pleased to announce that the rededication of Derby Park to Sergeant Charles Derby Park will take place this Saturday, Oct. 6th, to honor the vast accomplishments of Sgt. Derby over his 27-year career with the Santa Cruz Police Department and his contributions to the City of Santa Cruz. Sergeant Charles Derby set a trend amongst the Santa Cruz Police Department, reaching out to the neighborhood youth long before community policing became a best practice.

 Sgt. Derby saw it as his mission to actively participate in the lives of Santa Cruz teens. Derby Park was named after him following his death in 1972. The rededication of the park places special emphasis on Sgt. Derby’s positive influence on Santa Cruz youth and the recent park improvements completed at the park.

In addition to the unveiling of the Sergeant Charles Derby memorial, park rededication events include: speeches from Sergeant Derby’s family members, City Councilmember David Terrazas, and the Santa Cruz Police Department; live skate demonstration in the newly refurbished Derby Skate Bowl; and a disc golf demonstration on the new disc golf course.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 2:00 pm- Derby Park- 508 Woodland Way – Santa Cruz, CA