Julie Partansky, shown here putting the finishing touches on a home on College Park, was a much sought-after house painter in Davis. Her attention to detail was legendary, a friend said. Partansky unleashed her passion for life on city government issues when she was elected in May 1992 on a progressive, pro-environment platform that highlighted such issues as preserving historic alleys in neighborhoods near downtown and putting noise restrictions on leaf blowers. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

City government

Remember Partansky at dedication of Julie’s Garden

A newly created public area known as “Julie’s Garden” on the east end of Northstar Park will be dedicated in memory of former Davis Mayor Julie Partansky at 6 p.m. Friday, June 29.

Community members are invited to attend. Biking and walking to the event are encouraged due to limited vehicle parking at Northstar Park.

The dedication program will be followed by an informal free outdoor concert produced by local Davis musicians, many of whom performed with Partansky during her life. June 29 would have been Partansky’s 65th birthday; she died of lung cancer on Jan. 9, 2009, at the age of 61.

Attendees also are welcome to join many of Partansky’s friends in a community potluck. In addition to bringing food to share, potluck organizers are asking interested participants to bring their own utensils and dishes along with a blanket to sit on.

Partansky was an artist, musician and handywoman who served as the mayor of Davis from 1998 to 2000. She enjoyed the outdoors and the wildlife pond area of Northstar Park where she loved gazing at the birds and at the dark night sky.

After her death, the Davis City Council dedicated the former North Area Drainage and Habitat Pond in her honor. A memorial bench also has been installed at the east end of the pond’s observation deck in memory of Partansky.

A group of volunteers calling themselves “Friends of Julie” worked with city officials to design and create a small garden, patio and seating area inspired by Partansky’s whimsical art and ideas. The design of Julie’s Garden includes frogs, stars, question marks, trilobite fossils and colorful tiles. The project even includes mosaic pieces that were created by Partansky herself.

The design, concrete and art work for Julie’s Garden were assembled by her friends and funded by community donations. Contributions will be accepted, with gratitude, at the dedication to help cover materials costs.

For details about the June 29 dedication, call the city manager’s office at (530) 757-5602. For information about the potluck, event music and the creation of Julie’s Garden, email [email protected].

Special to The Enterprise

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