Monday Jul 07 2008
Aldo Conrad Pineschi Sr. Park opens
By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
Children play on the space-themed playground, people walk their dogs and teenagers bike on the park’s outer path at the city’s newest park: Aldo Conrad Pineschi Sr. Park, surrounded by the Highland Park neighborhood in Roseville. The opening celebration for the city’s 57th park celebrated Aldo Pineschi Sr., the park’s namesake, who was an active Roseville resident for more than 70 years until his death in 2003. Aldo Pineschi Sr. was chosen as someone who “contributed to the betterment of the community,” said Tara Gee, senior landscape architect with Roseville’s parks and recreation division. “Mr. Pineschi’s name was submitted by a couple of people,” she added. Councilwoman Carol Garcia was one of them. Garcia said she had Aldo Pineschi Sr. since she was a young girl and thought it was fitting to have a park named after him because he was “dedicated and committed to civic leadership.” “I held Aldo Pineschi Sr. in high regard,” Garcia said. “He always had his hands, kind of like Aldo his son, in everything. He made things happen in this city.” Aldo Pineschi Sr. was born in Chicago, but moved to Roseville at the age of 3. He graduated from Roseville High School and joined the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 where he served in England and France during WWII. He returned to Roseville and married Claire Bertolucci, also of Roseville and followed his father’s footsteps by working for the Pacific Fruit Express railroad for almost 20 years. In 1965 he got his first taste of working for the city as the personnel/ purchasing manager for Roseville and in 1970, the elder Pineschi became assistant city manager until his retirement in 1980. In addition to his business career, he volunteered his time among Sons of Italy in Roseville, Roseville Sunrise Lions Club and served as a foreman for the Placer County grand jury in 1982. But his son, Aldo Pineschi Jr., said that his father was most proud of his involvement with the Buljan Cooking Crew, a group of community leaders who cooked thousands of steak dinners that raised more than a million dollars for local charities under the direction of former Roseville Mayor George Buljan. “He liked being involved in Roseville; being involved in how that shaped its future,” Aldo Pineschi Jr. said. “He was never one of those people who wanted to be out in front.” With Pineschi Place, a street in Sun City Roseville named after Pineschi Sr. and the newly minted park honoring him as well, it’s hard for residents not to wonder who he was and what he brought to Roseville. Aldo Pineschi Jr. said his father would have been proud to know that a park was named after him and said the park is a prominent reminder of his father. He encourages people to ask and learn about his father’s contribution to the city. “For me it’s a way for people to learn more about what he did for Roseville,” he said. “People get to know that he was very much a part of Roseville.” What: Aldo Conrad Pineschi Sr. Park, Roseville’s 57th park Where: 9501 Highland Park Drive, Roseville Amenities: 4-acre park equipped with a space-themed children’s playground and swing area, covered picnic area, half basketball court, paved path on park outskirts and multi-use grass area.