Community turns out for the park and pond…again Part Two—Visions for the future

  • [drawing by Michelle Walker]

    [drawing by Michelle Walker]

— Channeling history and passion into strategic positioning to win Prop 68 funds –

By Marcy Axness, TME

If passion and persistence were the sole determining factors in whether Frazier Mountain Park will land Proposition 68 state grant funds, it would be a slam dunk.

Residents have advocated for their park’s improvements since the park went into the custody of Kern County, decades before the pond went dry in 2016. Now the statewide competition for Prop. 68 funds offers a new opportunity.

At the first of two community meetings with county facilities officials on September 14, Mountain Community members were outspoken in their devotion to bringing the park to the beauty of its full potential.

They appeared willing to back up their insistence with elbow grease and volunteer power, including “a lot of contractors” willing to…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Landscape designer Michelle Walker said she has spent four years developing a workable vision for the park’s renovation, which includes another small pond, a dog park, a gravel shoulder for seasonal snow visitor parking and a stage/amphitheater with a waterfall background ‘as a welcoming entrance into our community. Here is a draft of her vision:

This is the map prepared by Kern County park planner Don Woodard in 2016 to show placement of proposed amenities in the park. A vote on them will be taken at the Oct. 12 meeting.

This is the Legend that accompanies Don Woodard’s provisional Master Plan design, on facing page. Come let your park wishes be known at the next meeting, Oct. 14.

Stan McCuen of Lockwood Valley and Terre Ashmore of Lebec with Don Woodard, after the meeting, reviewing the plan.

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This is part of the September 24, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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