As we begin our fall season at Gateway Park, there is a decided drop-off in park use. While water temperatures fall in Squirrel Creek, so does the number of folks needing to cool off. We also see a drop in reservations and usage of the picnic areas. The Senior Softball League will be wrapping up their team play by the end of September. The park is also open fewer hours with the seasonal shortening of daylight. The gates are now opened at 7 am and closed at 7 pm until December. Overall, the park is becoming quieter and quieter.
Well, sort of!
The Growers’ Market is still setting up shop each Thursday by the basketball courts with great parking and easy access to the Market. Mary, Market Manager, assured us they will be there through November! If you haven’t visited the Market you are really missing out! In addition to the regulars – Robertson Family Produce, and Johnson Family Farms, as well as many others, – The Tamale Lady is there! She not only has great tamales, but outstanding salsas – three varieties, and chips. Plan to visit Thursday mornings 9-1!
We have one big event in October, one you won’t want to miss! The Calvary Is Coming! Actually, the park will be hosting a Civil War Reenactment October 13-15. Thursday the 12th will be move in day for the reenactors with their gear. Friday they will be presenting to our local schools. Saturday and Sunday will be open to the public for interacting with the reenactors and special “show times” for demonstrations. It will be a fun time for our community. For more information, call the park office, 530 432-1990.
In the next few weeks, we will begin to move the piles of dirt stored next to the Stage/Pavilion to level out the audience area in front of the stage. This will give a much needed, more spacious, and level area for audience seating. This project will not only entail moving the dirt, but also re-setting of the irrigation lines and sprinklers and seeding the new lawn. The Board of Directors has been planning this since the spring of 2016. A big shout-out, with thanks, to Koch & Koch Construction for providing the dirt “mined” from the sewer project along Penn Valley Drive and trucked to the park.
Our outstanding maintenance department, Bob and Steve, with the help of Work Release and Community Service personnel, are beginning work on the Covered Picnic Area #4. All the exposed wood will receive a protective coat of stain before the rainy weather sets in. Also on the agenda, trenching to supply utilities, water and electricity, to #4. This has been a request of many renters in the last few years and will be a welcomed addition.
The park has been a recipient of Federal Storm Damage Funds to rehabilitate areas where the winter storms of 2016-17 were particularly hard. We have several “Storm Workers” working part time removing downed trees (four in our creek and one by the Dog Park), restoring our gardens, and cleaning the creek bed of debris and overgrowth. We expect this work to be completed in the coming months, hopefully before this coming winter’s rains!
Lastly, we have a new voice answering the park office phones. The park has migrated to a long needed and updated phone system. We have the same number, but now you will be able to receive information about the park even when we don’t have someone manning the phone.
More importantly, we have a new person in our office as our District Secretary. One of our own, Elliott Bringman, has returned to his roots and is working in the park office. Elliott grew up right across the street, attended Pleasant Valley and Nevada Union High School. After graduation, he attended college and then pursued a career in the Bay Area. Looking for a quieter life, and making a career change, brought him back to Penn Valley. We are so fortunate to have Elliott working for the District. He has a unique skill set that will be an asset to the Board of Directors and the community. Welcome, Elliott!
So, as you can tell, fall really isn’t quiet at the park! The next update will include information on the Gateway Bike Park, Holiday Lights in the Park, and negotiation progress on the Pleasant Valley School Site.
Nancy Peirce Chairman, Board of Directors