Board of Supervisors Announces County Parks Advisory Committee; Seeks Applicants

In an effort to create an opportunity for input on parks activities, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors has established the Tulare County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC).  The Board of Supervisors is seeking qualified applicants for the committee designed to review current parks programs and offerings, as well as explore new revitalization options for our parks.  The formation of the PAC was approved by the Board of Supervisors during the May 19, 2015 board meeting.

The County currently operates 10 parks throughout Tulare County including Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, Bartlett Park in Porterville, and Balch Park in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.  The vision for the PAC is to allow for interested members of the community to give input on parks matters and ultimately enhance the experience of parks users.  The Committee will review activities, parks programs, improvement proposals, and will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors upon its findings.  In addition, the Committee will have the ability to establish subcommittees or taskforces to study or advise the Board on specific parks or projects.  PAC members will also have an important role in promoting the County’s park resources, features, and events in their communities.

“We are fortunate to have many parks spread throughout Tulare County and the Board wants to make sure that the public has an opportunity to voice their concerns and interest for these parks,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Steve Worthley.  “This committee will provide that opportunity for the public and will ensure that we are continually looking at how we do business in our parks.”

The PAC will consist of seven members; five members each nominated by one member of the Board of Supervisors.  The remaining two members will be the President of the Tulare County Historical Society and the Parks and Recreation Manager.  The Committee will meet quarterly and is expected to hold its first meeting in July/August 2015.  It is expected that the first taskforce to be established will assist the County in developing an implementation strategy for the County’s Mooney Grove 20 Year Conceptual Master Plan, which was approved by the Board in early 2015.

The idea for the establishment of the PAC was first suggested by District Two Supervisor Pete Vander Poel and arose from a constituent meeting to discuss Mooney Grove Park.  “A county-wide effort to focus on our 10 different parks is very much warranted,” said Supervisor Vander Poel.  “The Committee will be responsible for keeping a close eye on our parks which is important for our constituency, especially for those living in unincorporated areas where access to safe activities and play areas is limited.”

The County will be seeking applications through the Board of Supervisors office.  Applications can be found online by going to Clerk of the Board’s website at www.tularecounty.ca.gov/clerkoftheboard.  For more information about the Parks Advisory Committee, please call (559) 636-5005.