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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]

Celebrate the opening of Horseshoe Lake at Mojave Narrows

MOJAVENARROWS1Regional Parks invites you and your family to join us in celebrating the reopening of Horseshoe Lake at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville on Saturday, November 9. To commemorate this wonderful occasion, Regional Parks is hosting a day of fun and activities including a trout derby, farmer’s market, kite flying area and demos for kids.  Click here for more details.

Special Districts and Regional Parks moving forward on Lake Gregory project

PedalBoat_LakeGregory_5 inSpecial Districts and Regional Parks are working with the State Department of Dam Safety to move forward on the Lake Gregory Dam project.  A plan is in place to stabilize the dam and implement a “valve release system” that will lower the lake by 50 percent in 7 days in case of an emergency. The work will make the dam seismically safe. The county saved up to $1 million by finding the inlet valve free of debris and muck which means the work can move forward without first having to clear the inlet valve.

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