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Regional Parks

Annual Spring Fest at Calico Ghost Town

CalicoLogo CalicoSpringFestOn Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-11, Calico Ghost Town will have its annual Spring Fest featuring many bluegrass and country artists. Jeff Scroogins & the Colorado, Fiddle and Pine, Tumbleweed Rob & the Southwest Junction, and Rocky Neck Bluegrass are the main headliners. Other acts include Ventucky String Band, Debby Clinkenbeard, Eric Uglum, the SWBA Bluegrass Kids, Henry Fencepost, and Ernie Sites. There will plenty of entertainment throughout the day. Kids will enjoy fun activities including a bluegrass workshop and various arts and crafts vendors inside the park.

For more information, click here: 2014 Spring Fest

Get your grub on at May 4 Cucamonga-Guasti Food Truck Festival

foodtruckscincoSan Bernardino County Regional Parks Department is excited to host their first ever Food Truck Festival on Sunday, May 4th in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

The event will be held at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m.

Get your grub on with an array of trucks including Tornado Potato, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Devilicious Food Truck, Me So Hungry, and the Rolling Sushi Van. The Bakery Truck of Orange County will be there with some sweet treats and Mustache Mike’s will have their famous Italian ice to cool you off.

For more information, click here: Food Truck Festival.

Don’t miss the Spring Festival and Egg Hunt on April 19

bunnyOn Saturday, April 19, 2014, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park will hold its annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt.  With a wide variety of activities, the whole family can get in on the fun.  Kids of all ages will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, game booths, arts & crafts, and an egg decorating contest. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is your one stop for Easter enjoyment. Read more about it here: 2014 Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

Does your child love to fish?

parks_logoBring ’em to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday March 29 for a day of fishing fun. Kids will complete in their own trout derby for a chance to win wonderful fishing themed prizes supplied by Bass Pro Shops, Okuma Tackle, and Friends of Regional Parks.

Here’s more information about the event: Guasti Derby 2014

Letters from students laud Regional Parks environmental science day camp

daycampRegional Parks recently received a batch of thank you letters from students at Boyd Elementary School in Rialto who have attended the Environmental Science Day Camp for elementary school students in the county.

The letters thank Regional Parks employees for taking students on a nature hike and helping them experience nature first-hand.

The day camp gives students an opportunity to learn about geology, biology, botany, environmental stewardship and the Serrano Indians.

The letters can be read here: Letters from Boyd Elementary School

 

Improvements coming to Lake Gregory

Check out this great story about the County’s big plans for Lake Gregory Regional Park: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9381392# LakeGregoryThe Board of Supervisors has hired Urban Parks Concessionaires, also known as the California Parks Company, to take over the day-to-day operations at Lake Gregory and upgrade the park. Improvements will include an expanded summer water play area, a new fishing program and a renovation of the San Moritz Lodge. The company has nearly 40 years of experience operating a number of resorts, parks and lakes throughout California, including Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet. The company will also provide food and beverage concessions, special event and wedding services, inspection of invasive aquatic species, and recreation and fee collection.

 

 

Lake Gregory to improve, develop activities under new agreement

PedalBoat_LakeGregory_5 inAn expanded summer water play area, a new fishing program and a renovation of the San Moritz Lodge are among improvements to take place at Lake Gregory Regional Park under a new contract approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The Board voted to allow Urban Parks Concessionaires, also known as the California Parks Company, to take over the day-to-day operations at Lake Gregory and upgrade the park on behalf of San Bernardino County Regional Parks.
The company will operate the park beginning January 1 through December 31, 2016 and has the option of entering into a long-term lease agreement with the County before the contract ends. The company has nearly 40 years of experience operating a number of resorts, parks and lakes throughout California, including Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet.
The company will not only manage the park, but will provide food and beverage concessions, special event and wedding services, inspection of invasive aquatic species, and recreation and fee collection.
“We are excited about the expanded services that will be provided to our visitors and residents,” said Regional Parks Director Keith Lee. “The amenities will be especially attractive for families looking for things to do with their children.”
Under the contract, the company will operate the park at its expense, and in return will collect and retain fees and revenues generated by programs and services provided at Lake Gregory. Regional Parks will pay management fees to the operators for the first two years totaling $550,000 and will begin receiving 10 percent of the revenue or $100,000, whichever is greater beginning in 2016-17.
Regional Parks began seeking requests for proposals for the maintenance and operation of Lake Gregory in January 2012 after experiencing significant losses to operate the park. The new partnership is expected to alleviate those losses while rejuvenating and updating Lake Gregory, improving its draw for local residents and tourists.
“California Parks has the knowhow and experience to breathe new life into Lake Gregory Regional Park, and I am excited to see how park visitors and the Crestline community will benefit from changes and improvements California Parks has in store for Lake Gregory,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford.
The agreement has no impact on the County’s ongoing repair and seismic improvements being made to Lake Gregory’s valve structure and dam.

Don’t miss the Glen Helen Trout Derby for kids

San Bernardino CountyWith the gift-giving season just around the corner, you may be looking for a unique way to get kids ages 7 to 15 away from the holiday hustle and bustle.

The Trout Derby for Kids at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino just might be the answer for that much needed ‘breather’ in the great outdoors from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The Trout Derby is free with a $10 vehicle entry fee into the park at 2555 Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino.

There will be 25 prizes awarded totaling $1,000 including trophies for first, second and third place. There’s even a trophy for the smallest trout caught!

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Calico Ghost Town Holiday Fest begins Friday

Christmas Wreath on Red DoorThe Holiday Fest at Calico Ghost Town begins Friday, November 29. It is the perfect way to spend the day after Thanksgiving enjoying cultural events in an Old West mining town away from crowded malls.

Visitors will be treated to Native American dancing, gunfights, old fashioned children’s games and more.

Calico has shops with unique gift ideas for family and friends. Spend $75 at the shops and receive a free collectible Calico bear or pony.

The Holiday Fest will run from November 29 through December 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Calico Ghost Town, off I-15 and Ghost Town Road in Yermo.

 

Calling all early risers who love to fish

evening fishing on the waterRise and shine early Saturday, November 23rd and join Regional Parks at Cucamonga-Guasti in Ontario for “Sunrise Fishing”. For this one special day the park will extend their hours for some fishing and fun from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. With two freshly stocked lakes (500 pounds of Ruby Red Trout and 500 pounds of Nebraska Tail walker Trout) fishing will be a blast. Sunrise Fishing [pdf]

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