If ever there were a time to get involved this is it! Much is going on in the Lake Almanor Basin and as each of us takes that step forward, our smaller day-to-day actions can join together to impact the overall wellness of our children, families, seniors and community.
Individually, we each have our talents. We have goals and we have the desire to make a difference. There are few people in the Lake Almanor Basin that wouldn't like to see something change or improve. What change or improvement would make a difference to you and your family?
The Almanor Recreation and Park District family is growing in leaps and bounds simply because there are individuals in the community who have a specific passion for a particular type of activity. Of late we have had several community members attend monthly district meetings.
They have called the ARPD in advance (see Director Listing) to explain their vision and have their proposals placed on the meeting agenda for discussion. In each instance their proposals have been warmly welcomed by the board of directors, accepted and put into action.
Everything that ARPD brings to our community is accomplished by volunteerism. There isn't a single community event or program that can occur without someone stepping forward to say "I can do this part, or work this day or contribute this...."
Perhaps you don't have a specific activity or event in mind but know that you would like to give of your time to assist with making one or more of the district's current projects or fundraisers a success.
Take a moment to review the current ARPD Standing Committees (Refer to our PROJECTS website page) and find what makes the best fit for you.
We celebrate volunteers!
The Almanor Recreation and Park District cannot let a single day go by without saying thank you to our dedicated volunteers, community and business supporters and our recreation partners. Please see our web-tab labelled GREAT JOB! for our latest celebrant.
ARPD Shout Outs
Youth Sports: Spring Soccer program coordinator Eric O'Kelley, umpire coordinator Brenda Lemons, team administration coordinator Mary Juska and each of our parent coaches for their many years of dedicated volunteer support of ensuring the children of the Lake Almanor Basin and nearby communities have the opportunity to participate annually in a quality sports program.
Fall Soccer program coordinator Colleen Garrett, her cadre of league supporters and the many parent coaches.
3rd & 4th Grade Drop In Basketball program coordinator and coach Mike Klimek and coaches Caleb Holland and John Goolsby.
Truman Collins Sports Complex: Lake Almanor contractor Dan Smith for his dedicated efforts to make the ball diamond and soccer fields the pride of the community. The list of all that he has volunteered in support ARPD and the community's youth is endless. Annually he has personally volunteered to collaborate with the Chester High School shop program for the building of two, new storage sheds, has done all field mowing, sprinkler maintenance and just about anything else that makes this facility a sports and recreation asset!
Trails Committee: Members of the Lake Almanor Watershed Group (LAWG), Mountain Meadows Conservancy and the Westwood Parks and Recreation Group, for their immediate response and willingness to collaborate in the strategic planning of a trail system in the Lake Almanor Basin. Together they form the Caribou Alliance for Trails (CATS)
Summer Activity Program: Parent and education professional Bridget Isham for her vision, program development and volunteer recruitment that will make it possible for the district to provide both educational and recreational summer opportunities for children and families.
Mike and Diana Moe for giving of their time to attend the April ARPD meeting. To Mike for using his knowledge to put together an equipment cost analysis to assist the district with its budgeting plan to start youth and adult chess clubs.
Street Rod Extravaganza: The Lake Almanor Street Rodders team of Mark and Jean Stefani, Bud and Jan Bosworth, Eric Rudgers and Bruce Carlson for their partnership with the district and their dedicated and hardworking efforts to bring this popular event back to the community.
Special Use Permits: A big thank you to Almanor Ranger District for its unfailing support of ARPD events and activities. Without their enthusiastic responses and willingness to help speed up federal permit processes the hosting of many summer and winter events might not be possible.
Horseshoe Pit Project: Director Michelle Gosney for the fearless way she has tackled the district's project of re-vitalizing the old horseshoe pits in the Chester Park. She grabbed hold of an unfunded vision and has gained the buy in of many community supporters.
A very special Shout Out goes to the community members, organizations and businesses that are either contributing materials, giving monetary donations, loaning equipment or their personal time to bring this Horseshoe Pit Re-Vitalization Project to fruition.
Dig It Construction Collins Pine Gosney's Barbershop Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 Sierra Cascade Aggregate & Asphalt Products Inc. Dowden Foundation and Concrete CalFire for providing inmate work crews Pacific Gas & Electric
Graphic Design and Marketing: Heather Greene-Upton for her creative support of the many ARPD upcoming programs and events.
Finance and Fundraising: Alliance for Workforce Executive Director Traci Holt who frequently mentors ARPD in the seeking and completing of applications for funding streams to support the district's programs and general operations. Also for her never-ending willingness to give of her personal time to facilitate ARPD strategic planning sessions and public workshops.
Board of Directors: Who, like many other community volunteers give freely of the personal life to work tirelessly on behalf of their community. As ARPD is an unfunded district with only two part-time employees, the all volunteer board of directors are constantly hosting events to provide much needed financial support to the basic operation of the district.
Administrative Support: Becca Conine...for her past support of ARPD in all things clerical.....has made a tremendous difference in the general administration of the district.
Almanor Recreation and Park District 101 Meadowbrook Loop Chester, CA 96020 Mailing: P.O. Box 325 Phn: (530) 258-2562 Fax: (530) 258-4157 firstname.lastname@example.org