The Westside holds an estimated 3,848 citizens within a half mile of Jefferson School. The number of youth is estimated at 860. It is the most densely populated neighborhood in Eureka. Without Jefferson School and playground there are no recreational activities or places to encourage healthy socializing. The lack of any common space can affect the heath and well-being of every resident from parents seeking a safe place to stroll with infants, young people craving recreation, to seniors and the handicapped needing exercise and companionship.
The Westside is rich in diversity. Citizens within the community hold many talents. As the Jefferson Project unfolds creating the park, resurfaces the basket ball courts and using the closed school to once again allow the community gatherings and friendships a vitality and new level of health will return to the community.
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Due to the closing of Jefferson School in 2006, local children now spend a good part of their day on buses as they attend schools in other neighborhoods throughout the city.