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Ideas welcomed for play structure design

By EMARIE VANGALIO
Special to the Express
Thirty years ago, our town came together to build our beloved wooden play structure on Main Street. It has served as a place of fun, laughter and excitement for two generations — but the time has come to rebuild the play structure and the City of Winters Park Rehabilitation Committee needs everyone’s input.
The committee invites everyone in the community to come to Shirley Rominger intermediate School, 502 Niemann Street, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m. to participate in the Community Design Day. Design Day participants will enjoy:
~ A complimentary dinner.
~ The opportunity to visit with friends, family and neighbors.
~ A first look at the design plans for the new play structure.
Leathers and Associates, the contractor who led the initial play structure design, is partnering with the community once again. Members from their team will visit Winters classrooms during the weeks leading up to Community Design Day. They will engage children in drawing and writing about their ideas for a perfect play structure.
The Leathers and Associates creative team will then unify kid-inspired elements with Park Committee concepts to generate a plan for the new play structure.
Adults who would like to provide input on play structure features are encouraged to email ideas and/or sketches to: winters [email protected]
The wooden play structure is a well-known and well-loved Winters landmark. The committee’s vision is to build and maintain a modern version of that same play structure to serve future generations.
It takes a village
In keeping with tradition, the committee has opted for community construction. This means parents, children, family members and residents will work in partnership with the contractors, Leathers & Associates, to erect the new play structure.
The committee will rely solely upon donations and fundraising from the Winters community. Everything from construction materials, food and beverages for the workers, and miscellaneous supplies will be funded through donations. Volunteers will provide the primary labor during the actual construction dates.
The committee has one year to raise $250,000 to bring our vision of a revitalized park to life. There is no more important point than this: the new play structure will be built and funded solely by the Winters community. There are no outside funds being provided. The committee implores everyone to find a way they can contribute through donations of their funds, supplies, labor and time.
The committee hopes to see everyone at the Community Design Day on Sept. 28.
Fundraising opportunities will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Stay tuned by visiting the City of Winters Park Rehabilitation Committee Facebook page or by email, [email protected]
The committee welcomes new ideas and participants. To join the Winters Park Rebuild Committee, send an email to [email protected]

Lake Berryessa concession contracts making progress

By PETER KILKUS
Lake Berryessa News
Lake Berryessa is potentially at a major turning point. Several developments are ongoing behind the scenes. Napa County staff analysts have received a draft Managing Partnership Agreement (MPA) from the Bureau of Reclamation. They continue to meet with Reclamation and hope to have something to report back to the public and Board of Supervisors Board in the fall.
This process is of historical importance to the county and to Lake Berryessa. An MPA would give the county more flexibility in recruiting professional recreation management companies to run Lake Berryessa resorts and in writing smart contracts to optimize the benefits for the concession companies and for the recreating public.
The Bureau of Reclamation is still evaluating the bids for Markley Cove and expects to report a decision as to the winner of the bid in early September — after which Reclamation will enter into serious contract negotiations with the new concessioner.
One possible major change is in the works at Pleasure Cove Marina. Information is hard to come by, but for several weeks there have been inklings that Pleasure Cove, owned by Forever Resorts, is in the process of being sold. Boaters have reported that most of the houseboats have been removed from the marina. This would be consistent with a sale in which the new owner does not want to buy the rental houseboats for future use.
Additionally, there would be a potential impact on Steele Canyon Recreation Area since it is being operated by Pleasure Cove (Forever Resorts) under an interim contract with Reclamation.
Neither Pleasure Cove’s local management nor Forever Resorts’ corporate management have responded to questions from the Lake Berryessa News regarding this possibility. The Bureau of Reclamation had “no comment”.
Behind the scenes, there are enough signals that indicate something is in the works. The latest unconfirmed information from a local source is that Pleasure Cove Marina is being acquired by Suntex Marinas: www.suntex.com. This is plausible but not verified.
The Bureau of Reclamation must approve any ownership transfer. Per the present Pleasure Cove contract, concession contractors must submit all sale and transfer information as required by Reclamation before any consideration will be given to the approval of a sale or transfer of all or any portion of a concession operation. A proposed sale is subject to the same evaluation process that is performed for a new concession contract.
The terms and conditions of this concession contract are subject to reasonable changes that are consistent with the purpose and objectives of this concession contract and current Reclamation policy, at the discretion of Reclamation.
It is conceivable that in the new contract negotiations with the Markley bid winner or a possible Pleasure Cove Marina buyer, Reclamation may modify some of the more onerous contract terms that were stumbling blocks to future recreation area development.
These impediments have been identified as the short 30-year term of the contract, the requirement for the concessioner to give all of the infrastructure improvements to the government at no cost at the end of the contract, and the prohibition of the use of subcontractors.
Napa County analysts should be watching these negotiations carefully since, because an MPA would give the county more flexibility in writing smart contracts. Perhaps the Bureau of Reclamation will take the first necessary steps to lay the groundwork for those smart contracts at Pleasure Cove and Markley Cove during the next few months.

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