August is an amazing time in Mammoth Lakes. Before the autumn sets in, the town is bustling with activity, the final few Village music festivals, schools starting back up, and Sierra Classic Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Woods. This push of activity gets us ready for a beautiful fall, and hopefully a wonderful winter.
First, the public comment period on the “Draft Revised Land Management Plan for the Inyo National Forest” closes this Thursday, August 25th. The Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative conducted a series of public meetings to gather “Citizens Suggested Desired Conditions” which can be found on the MLTPA website for your viewing pleasure and input to the Inyo Forest Supervisor.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting on August 17 was busy, yet fruitful. A number of projects and programs that Mammoth Lakes Recreation (MLR) has been facilitating over these past few months were being looked at, with positive and productive results.
Here are the items that Town Council took action on:
1. Accepted the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Strategy Plan. Town Council accepted the working draft, which is now posted on our website for your review. Page 23 of the document highlights our “Vision of Success in 2021.”
2. Approved re-designation of funds for inclusive playground. Mammoth Lakes Recreation is identifying and designating funds for the Multi-Use Facility at Mammoth Creek Park, which includes an ice rink, community center, and inclusive park. $500,000 that was purposed for a Shane’s Inspiration playground was re-designated by Town Council and will now be used as an element of the larger project that will still have an inclusive playground. The EIR for the project is underway and we expect to have designs for the facility shortly which allow the Town to start the bid process for the project which will determine the potential cost. Once this is complete we can focus on raising funds. The Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission is in the final stages of completing a pro forma for the operations of the project.
3. Completing Trails End Park. Action was taken to increase the allocation for completing Trails End Park Project by $45,000 from Measure R funds. Our organization will continue to work with Town staff to ensure that there is a process in place that provides accurate funding for projects that will allow us to build adequate budgets or to be in a position to recommend that we do not move a project forward due to the initial construction costs and the ongoing costs for operations and maintenance.
4. Mammoth Arts & Culture Center moves a step closer. The Town Council took action to allocate $100,000 of Measure U funds to begin design work on the Mammoth Arts & Culture Center. These designs will provide the base for the bidding of the project and the projected costs. It is estimated that the project may cost as much as $15 million with 90% of those funds already raised through donations, sponsorships and land acquisition. The Mammoth Lakes Foundation and their staff is to be commended for their work on this project as it moves into the final stages.
5. Special Events may finally have a home. The Town Council also took action to create an Economic Development Strategy for Special Events that included a number of stakeholders representing the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and the Town of Mammoth Lakes with this process being facilitated by Mammoth Lakes Recreation. MLR is finalizing their allocation strategy which will continue to fund programming,– arts & culture and recreation– capital projects, and special projects. We expect to publish that process and the timeline shortly.