Parks in Burney – Looking Forward

Winter season has arrived. The snow and cold weather may be coming over the next few month. During these months, the preponderance of social and recreational activities are indoors.

However, soon it will be Spring and, like the bears, we will be emerging from our dens to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. That’s why we have parks.

Burney has several parks and recreational areas. These include but are not limited to Washburn Park, Lions Civic Park, Bailey Park and areas along Burney Creek.

For several months now, a group including representatives from several organizations related to park maintenance and use has been meeting to discuss the needs and the future of parks in Burney. The group plans to continue meeting on a regular basis, perhaps once a month. Lisa Barry, Community Organizer for Shasta County Health & Human Services, has been helping to facilitate these ad hoc meetings.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a common vision, suitable to the times and reflecting the needs and desires of the community, for future use, improvement, beautification, and maintenance of park properties in Burney?

In order to shape such a vision, creative input from the community is essential!

Currently, children play in the parks, little league holds, games, families go there for celebrations and outings, Kid Fit holds events in the summer, etc. The Chamber has hosted a Meet the Candidates for Mayor event in the park.

What ideas do you have for new or additional activities – Art in the parks? Music in the parks? Theater in the park? Storytelling or nature talks? Additional youth fitness activities? Community exercise or yoga in the parks? Educational or inspirational events. Games? Pot lucks? Whatever!

What activities would you, your children, or your organization enjoy? What improvements or additional equipment?

Parents, civic leaders, teenagers, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, fitness advocates, church leaders, citizens of Burney! Put your thinking caps on. If you have an idea or request, please send it to Lisa Barry at lbarry@co.shasta.ca.us

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