Teen-ager Jacob Buddwill presented to the Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday evening his Eagle Scout project at Carson River Park. Jacob told the commission he wants to to improve the park’s appearance. In his presentation, Jacob shared his proposals to re-paint and landscape the Monument Sign, replace the faded Aquatic Trail sign, replace faded interpretive signs, and re-level some picnic tables that were damaged by flooding. Trails Coordinator Gregg Berggren is the staff lead who is assisting with the planning and project implementation.
The Parks and Recreation Commission was very receptive to Eagle Scout Jacob Budd’s proposal. They gave it their blessing and is sure to receive the same go-ahead from the Carson City Board of Supervisors. This project comes on the heels of a very recent project by another Carson City Eagle Scout who supervised the restoration of our town’s emblem on “C” Hill that overlooks Carson City from the West. They not only re-arranged the rocks to re-configure the letter ‘C’ but they also repainted all the rocks with a fresh coat of white paint so that it can be read not only from many miles away, but possibly from the U.S. Space Station high above the Earth.
Parks and Recreation Commissioners then dove in to a somewhat controversial plan to upgrade the parking area for those who like to hike beyond the end of Kings Canyon Road. There is a dirt and gravel parking area from which to begin their hike up to the falls. Nearby is a portable restroom and a turn-around area. Trouble is, it’s a very popular hike-origination spot to the falls and points beyond – all of which is quite up-hill. But there’s more difficulty with the site in that very close homes and driveways that are frequently blocked by well-intentioned hikers but also late night and week-end “party people.” They not only overcrowd the area, some take it upon themselves to be boisterous and play their car stereo systems quite loud – especially all hours of the weekend.
Beyond the loud parties and occasional fist fights, there are fears among the neighbors that in the event of an earthquake or rapid snow-melt flooding, that their “escape route” could be blocked by cars thereby preventing their own evacuation.
City staff assured the commission that they are formulating improvements to the Kings Canyon turn-around area which will up-grade and relocate the restroom facilities. The commissioners lauded staff’s effort and said they are eager to receive and review staff’s final plans to ensure the reconstruction of the turn-around area is what everyone can agree to.
The Parks and Recreation Commission was also presented with the improvements made to the Schulz Park development at the southeast end of town. Besides new homes surrounding it, here are some park amenities the city has installed…