Canyon Rim Park renamed Carrillo Family Recreation Area

Canyon Rim Park renamed Carrillo Family Recreation Area
Community members gather around the Carrillo Family Recreation Area after it was renamed (Source: KCBD Video)

Provided by City of Lubbock

The City of Lubbock will host a ceremony to recognize the renaming of Canyon Rim Park to "The Carrillo Family Recreation Area" on Saturday, March 24. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be held at the park located at the intersection of Baylor Street and North Avenue N.

Joe Carrillo (1934-2005) was active in the League of United Latin American Citizens, the G.I. Forum, President of North Avenue U PTA, and Knights of Columbus. He was also an advocate for equal rights.

Francisco Carrillo (1936-2015) believed that "education is freedom and freedom is everybody's business". He worked tirelessly to help young people obtain scholarships and attend college. He was also the first Hispanic to run for office in Lubbock County.

Rufus "Kiddo" Carrillo (1940-present) has had an enormous impact on North Lubbock's youth as the founder of the North Lubbock Boxing Club. Participation in the Club is free, but the boxers are required to show passing grades in school in order to participate.

District 1 City Councilman Juan Chadis recommended the renaming of Canyon Rim Park after the Carrillo brothers in honor of their service to the neighborhood and to our community. The Lubbock Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the recommendation at their January meeting, and the Lubbock City Council gave unanimous approval at the February 22, 2018 Council Meeting.