The Story of Frazier Mountain Park and its beloved pond — Part 2: As water recedes, mystery grows

  • [photo by Bill Buchroeder]

    [photo by Bill Buchroeder]

By Patric Hedlund with the TME team

Back in August 2016 the lovely little pond at the heart of Frazier Mountain Park became the center of both mystery and dread. Fiesta Days was unable to hold the town’s annual fishing derby because the water level in the pond became too low to stock with trout. Suddenly, everyone was asking: “Why is this happening?” We all became instant detectives.

Some became instant water experts. Many embraced conspiracy theories.

This is the second of a two-part special in The Mountain Enterprise about the history of this park and pond in preparation for a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Frazier Mountain Park.

We want you to be well-informed—armed with what five years of reporting has discovered since the pond went dry in 2016. We share the hope that we may be able to bring the pond back.

As we go to press this week, Carl Brewer, Senior County Administrative Office Manager, confirmed the CAO’s office will submit an application for Proposition 68 funding to…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Springtime was always a time of celebration at Frazier Mountain Park pond—a delight to children and families. When migratory birds used to pass through, some stayed to hatch babies. Now that pond is dry, and others in our region are drying too.

Above: Water receded dramatically in 2016.

Above: …until it was totally gone, and didn’t return.

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This is part of the September 10, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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