I remember my younger years of playing at Pioneer Park in downtown Mesa. I remember what it was like before the train was fenced in. It was so exciting to crawl through and explore that piece of history. And do you remember the fighter jet too? Oh, those were the days.
photo from here
Now, the train is falling to the elements. It's been fenced since 1993 and is in need of dire help. A "Save our Train" committee has been formed and they hope to have the funds to cosmetically restore this piece of history before 2012 when our lovely state turns 100. The committee also hopes to move the train to the southwest corner of the park, fronting Main Street.
So...This Saturday, November 20th, starting at 10:00 AM, check out Pioneer Park for "Rails, Rods and Steel Wheels." This party will be held right by the train with games for kids, great food, live music and a classic car show. And in my opinion, the best part of the party: for the first time in years, the train will be open to the public.
Thanks Heather for sending this information our way. You can check out the Save the Pioneer Park Train website here.