As the weather heats up and with spring just around the corner, now is the time to enjoy the outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and visit a Tulare County Park.
In 2017, we adopted the Parks and Recreation Strategic Business Plan and each year we've put aside money to expand and improve our eleven county parks. In 2021, we removed 179 dead trees and pruned an additional 357 throughout county. Besides the scheduled maintenance of our parks, we also we received $90 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), $6 million of that act has been set aside for exclusive park use. Those funds will be used to add new features and improve the existing amenities our county parks provide.
In District 3, at Mooney Grove Park, some of the planned improvements will be a new dog park, bridge renovations, pond improvements, new arbors, new picnic tables, new barbecue grills, and a small series of public art projects. Tulare County and the Arts Consortium have teamed up to encourage local artists to submit their work to be featured on these new upcoming murals. I look forward to the county working with these local artists and can’t wait to see what they will create.
Also at Mooney’s Grove, we'll be constructing a new building near the museum which will house our antique farm and agriculture equipment collection. In the past, some of the equipment was stored outside and the elements have not been kind to our historical artifacts. In an effort to improve the condition of the equipment, we “farmed” the historical pieces out to local high schools. These schools have been working hard renovating these artifacts, with many of these antiques have been brought back to their original glory.
This month, on February 26th, we will be having a re-opening ceremony for Woodville Park. Thanks to contributions from the Kings and Tulare Master Gardeners and the Tulare County Disc Golf Club, we will be celebrating the reopening by planting over 300 trees, pouring the concrete for the new disc golf course, and learn from the Master Gardeners educational tips on how to sustain our park. Everyone from the community is invited to attend and lend a hand to rejuvenate the park.
It's going to be a great time to enjoy Tulare County’s parks.
District 3 Supervisor