Oftentimes, signs of early Spring sneak up on us, until one day we notice the eruption of daffodils around town or a splash of color on red bud. For me, I wait for the soundtrack of the honking of migrating geese or the trumpeting of sandhill cranes to help me pay attention to spring.
Spring has been a steady progression of color and sounds and now it is clearly arrived and while our patterns of programs and projects is still different than in past years, we are emerging with a re-opening of programs, rentals, and events.
Tiny tots are now back at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center. Visitors will notice in May, new native plants around the facility providing a feast for butterflies and our eyes.
Bille Park is getting a make over with the removal of trees, improved sidewalks, and our requests for donations and sponsors to help us build a mountain bike skills flow course. The views are spectacular, and we expect the outdoor venue to become a destination once again for events and weddings.
Both Concow and Paradise pool programs are gearing up for the season (lifeguards needed now!).
We are also planning a full calendar of out events including: the fishing derby May 15th, 2021, movies (the “World Series” of baseball movies through the fall at Moore Road Park and at other locations), Gold Nugget Craft Faire (set for June 12, 2021), and art pop-ups.
Speaking of art, PRPD staff will be creating a community-designed, collaborative mural that will be a COVID-safe activity that the community will enjoy for generations to come. The work will start in May and take several weeks to complete, the public can watch the art arise before there eyes.
The District also acquired 2 new properties adjoining undeveloped parks along Pearson Road and Pentz Road. The properties allow for new recreational opportunities and ways to help manage vegetation that will help reduce wildfire risks.
Finally, we are happy to announce that we will begin work on the 15-mile Magalia – Paradise Lake loop trail and will need volunteers and donations to complete some key aspects of the project.
Time to get out and play!
- Dan Efseaff, District Manager