Community turns out for the park and pond…again

  • [photo by Mel Weinstein]

    [photo by Mel Weinstein]

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

By Marcy Axness, TME

The first of two meetings between Kern County park officials and community members opened Tuesday, Sept. 14, with Frazier Mountain Chamber of Commerce president B.J. Saidi thanking “all those who have carried the torch for many years.”

The goal of this meeting was clearly to coax all the villagers and their torches onto the same strategic page, so the application soon to be submitted on behalf of Frazier Mountain Park can be framed as effectively as possible to seek between two and three million dollars in Proposition 68 State grant funding for our regional park.

A crowd of over 110 came from Lockwood Valley, Lebec, Lake of the Woods, Frazier Park and Pine Mountain Club, united by a devotion to Frazier Mountain Park. Some have lived here all their lives, some “just” 20-30 years, and others moved here in 2016, just before the pond went dry. One resident we spoke with has never seen the pond with water in it.

Grant Application Basics

Kern County General Services facilities administrator Carl Brewer walked the crowd through the ten criteria the state will look at in deciding…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Above: Neighbors and (left) meeting organizers (l-r) B.J. Saidi and Kern County’s Carl Brewer and Don Woodard listened as (right) Kimberlee Goddard Hoven discussed some of the work on Frazier Mountain Park that she and other community members have accomplished since 2016 and still hope to see occur. Many of the improvements Hoven pursued are related to playground safety for children and families using the park daily.

Park designer Don Woodard will discuss the park Master Plan that emerged from 2016 meetings.

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