California American Water (Cal Am) hosted a community ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 12 to commemorate the opening of the eco-recreation station at Robert’s Lake in Seaside. The station was funded by an American Water Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) “Building Better Communities” grant, which helps local communities develop environmentally based educational play opportunities.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Seaside city and park staff with Mayor Ralph Rubio (center wearing sunglasses) and Cal Am Vice President Kevin Tilden (far right).


The Foundation partnered with the National Recreation and Parks Association to evaluate applications and administer and disburse the grant. Seaside’s application focused on building a play area and outdoor classroom centered in nature for everyone in the community to enjoy.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio and other city representatives, several children from a local summer camp explored the outdoor classroom at the station.

Children from a local camp enjoying the new eco-recreation station.

“We value our relationship with the city of Seaside and our customers who live there,” said Cal Am Vice President Kevin Tilden. “Many of our employees live in this area, and we are pleased to help provide recreational space and an outdoor classroom where children can learn about wildlife in and around Robert’s Lake.”

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