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Volunteers And Money Needed For Wildomar’s Marna O’Brien Park

To keep the 9-acre city-owned park open, added volunteers – and money – are required on a regular basis.

On April 28 beginning at 8 a.m., the Rotary Club of Wildomar is hosting a clean-up for as part of the “Rotarians at Work Day.”  

Anyone interested in participating can contact Wildomar Rotary public relations chair Bridgette Moore at bridgettemoore2012@gmail.com for more information.

But April 28 isn’t the only day volunteers are needed. To keep the 9-acre city-owned park open, added volunteers – and money – are required on a regular basis.

Friends For Wildomar Parks is a non-profit working to keep Marna O’Brien from closing. The organization, largely comprised of youth sports organizations, is in negotiation with the city for a joint-use agreement, under which Friends For Wildomar Parks would formally take over Marna O’Brien’s maintenance while the city would still maintain responsibility for capital repairs.

Friends For Wildomar Parks has been maintaining the park for several months, but no signed agreement is in place.

that, if passed, would have charged Wildomar property owners a special tax to maintain the city’s three parks: Marna O’Brien, Windsong, and Heritage parks. (Heritage Park is closed; for the latest on Windsong Park.)

During the April 11 Wildomar City Council meeting, Friends For Wildomar Parks leader John Lloyd told council members that the proposed joint-use agreement required further discussion. The city’s conditions outlined in the proposed agreement are more than Friends For Wildomar Parks can afford based on current fund-raising efforts and volunteer hours, Lloyd told council members.

During the meeting, Lloyd presented a budget that estimated the annual cost to maintain Marna O’Brien would be just over $47,000 for 2012. However, based on the proposed agreement, the cost to maintain the park would be higher, according to Lloyd.

As the city and Friends For Wildomar Parks hammer out an agreement, Lloyd reminded the April 11 meeting attendees that the non-profit needs volunteers and donations to make ends meet at Marna O’Brien.

If you are interested in helping, visit www.wildomarparks.org.

Note: Wildomar Councilman Bob Cashman was absent during the April 11 meeting.

sheila cook April 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
well said, Isabel!!
Ken Mayes April 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
What it all boils down to is "Parks are not that important". Less than 15% of eligible voters voted for a tax increase, which last year would have been $28 this year would have been almost $29, the last park district, the reviled "Ortega Trails" was stripped of its funding by the voters. The non-profit is unable to get enough volunteers either because of peoples perception of them or their inability to sell themselves. When this community can garner 16,000 volunteers, which is half the population, then maybe I will change my mind on the importance of spending what little taxpayer monies their are on parks. You few people that clamour for parks need to wake up and smell the coffee, this city borrowed money to become a city and can't pay it back on time. So if you want to keep the park open then you need to do a better job of reaching the community. For Martha We need more people like Bridgette Moore, she may inexperienced at city government but she is passionette about her beliefs. When she finally learns to stick to her guns and not be swayed by the professional politicians she will do just fine. I have seen no one else at city hall spend so much time being involved in the community and asking for nothing in return neither over the table nor under.
michael blake April 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@ken, you really should have done a little bit of research before going on a rant. Yes we do have Wildomar Pop Warner members on our board, if it was not for pop warner we would never have been able to even get started. They are not involved for the "express purpose of keeping only the sports fields in playable condition" if this were true and we were only in business to keep the fields open why would we spend so much time and money maintaining the ENTIRE PARK? why not fence off the rest and let it go and only take care of the fields? And as for our fund-raising we have had many events and a lot of advertising for it!!! so yes we do have members from pop warner on our board, no one is denying that, but our board and decisions are not controlled by pop warner. And little league??? really? that's a laugh!!!!!!
michael April 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The little league thing came off diferent then I intended it to. I did not mean that to be in a bad way, just that they are so busy maintaining their own fields and running their league they don't have time for much else.
Gil Rasmussen April 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
John; Goading a mature women into manual labor for your park clean-up, as some sort of token of her sincerity, is undignified on your part. Perhaps you are unaware of her health issues (She required the use of a cane at last week's Council meeting. Would that matter to you? If you all recall, turning the parks over to volunteers was my idea but I intended the young and strong athletes, who benefit from the taxpayer-owned parks for their sports events, to be the primary instruments of park maintenance. Otherwise, we fail to teach the young any relevant lessons in life regarding earning their way in life.

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