Lake Solano expects to open fully by end of July

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New growth is coming back near trees at the Lake Solano campgrounds that were burned in the LNU fires.
Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express
By Todd R. Hansen McNaughton Media Lake Solano is opening again. Except for 11 campsites, the Solano County park is expected to be fully open by the end of July, Chris Drake, the parks manager, told the Solano Board of Supervisors last Tuesday. “We are not 100 percent, but we are on our way,” Drake said. The park, located on Pleasants Valley Road, south of Highway 128, has been open for day use Fridays through Sundays, but after nearly 16 months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later the devastating LNU Lightning Complex Fire, normalcy is getting closer. The park lost 450 trees, and the park service suffered more than $1.5 million in damage, including its maintenance yard, much of its maintenance equipment and ranger quarters. “Resiliency has definitely been the appropriate theme for parks over the past couple of years,” Drake said. The good news is the Nature Center survived. Restroom facilities, the shower room, a water tank, picnic tables, a propane gas tank and other items also were spared. The building the Vacaville Fire Protection District uses to house a couple of vehicles – not far from the double-wide trailer – also escaped damage. The service has nine full-time employees, nine extra-help staff, mostly seasonal, and relies heavily on the volunteers and community partner organizations. Drake said Sandy Beach is open for day-use and boat launches, as well as camping by reservation. Belden’s Landing Boat Launch is open except for the fishing pier, which is expected to be open by the end of summer. Lynch Canyon is fully operational. The supervisors adopted a resolution recognizing July as Parks and Recreation Month and July 16 as Park and Recreation Professionals Day in Solano County.

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