Tony Becerra Park
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Tony Becerra Park is a 10.55-acre park that was renamed in honor of Tony Becerra. Tony Becerra was a local WWII veteran, community leader, businessman, and former city council member. The park was built with a Local Parks Grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is located North of A.W. Jackson Elementary School. The park is equipped with:
- 1 Restroom Facility
- 1 Playground with Shade Cover
- 1 Pavilion with 11 Picnic tables
- 4 Shade Structures with 1 Picnic Table each
- 8 Benches
- 1 Water Fountain / 1 Grill
- 2 Basketball Courts Covered
- 1 Soccer Field
- 1 Kayak/Canoe Launch Site
Life & Service of Tony Becerra
City Council voted in favor of renaming Community Park in honor of local World War II veteran, Tony Becerra on September 15, 2015. Becerra was a lifetime resident, community leader, local businessman, and former City Councilor. On September 03, 1925, Antonio G. Becerra was born to Jose and Severa Becerra and passed away on March 31, 2018. He was raised in Rosenberg and attended Rosenberg High School.
After being drafted by the United States Army to serve in World War II, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, 28th Infantry Division, and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He spent five months as a prisoner of war before he and three others escaped.
Career & Public Service in Rosenberg
Upon his return to the United States, Becerra focused on his career in Rosenberg, working as an insurance agent, barber, bail bondsman, and dancehall owner. Striving to make a difference in the community, Becerra served as a precinct judge and consistently supported efforts to register voters. Serving on Rosenberg City Council from 1992 to 2005, he remained a dedicated servant to the public.
City Councilor Jimmie J. Peña said.
Mr. Becerra has always contributed to the welfare of the community. We need leaders and we’ve found leaders. Mr. Becerra is a leader. Becerra’s community involvement often took a hands-on approach when it came to helping those in need. His family recalled many occasions where his desire to help others was felt within the community.
When he was a barber he would help the community church by cutting the hair of the priests free of charge. As a life insurance agent, there were many times he would pay for his clients who could not afford to make their monthly payments, Becerra’s son, Anthony said.
He was constantly helping the poor and immigrants who needed help. Tony Becerra has truly been a blessing to many people and he is a man who never forgot where he came from.