Photo back drop for graduates of the Class of 2020

Shrubs dressed up as graduates and a wood bridge have been set up in the parking lot of the Park West Apartment complex at 13151 Yorba Ave. in Chino as a photo back drop for graduates of the Class of 2020.  

Graduates of the Class of 2020 can visit the parking lot of a Chino apartment complex through the end of June to take photos at a graduation-themed display, complete with tall bushes dressed as graduates and a wood bridge to walk across.

“We’ve had hundreds and hundreds come by to take photos,” said Park West Apartment Manager Debi Ward. “This is not just for high school graduates. This is for everyone from any grade. Preschool, kindergarten and college graduates are welcome.”

The apartment complex, located at 13151 Yorba Ave. between Riverside Drive and Chino Avenue, has a long tradition of dressing up their tall shrubs in the parking lot based on a theme.

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and summer beach set ups are popular not only with residents living at the complex, but many residents of Chino Valley.

The graduate themed bushes are decorated in the colors of the four Chino Valley high schools  — Chino and Don Lugo highs in Chino and Ayala and Chino Hills highs in Chino Hills —  and Mrs. Ward felt it was the right thing to do because this is the time graduation ceremonies were supposed to have taken place. 

There is also a mannequin dressed as a principal “handing out” diplomas. The principal is wearing a facemask.

“We just thought, oh my gosh, these kids are going to miss their walk across the stage. When we first put this up, people were showing up right away,” Mrs. Ward said.

She said the shrubs are lit up at night and look awesome.

Students and their families should bring their own cameras. There is no cost to take photos.

“This is all for them,” Mrs. Ward said.

Information: Park West Apartments, 591-0127.

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