A community in Sacramento, California has been working hard to reopen Gibson Ranch, a park that was recently closed due to budget cuts.
Gibson Ranch Park was an important place to many in the area and was home to community events like an annual civil war reenactment, birthday parties and weddings. It also offered educational field trips for schools and helped local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops earn badges.
Thanks to the hard work of supporters and a petition here at Care2, Sacramento County supervisors approved a plan that will let former U.S. Representative Doug Ose lease the park from the county and take over the management and maintenance of the park. Ose says that he already has many events booked for the park and looks forward to opening it for the publics’ enjoyment soon.
Public parks are essential to a healthy community. Parks are places where families can enjoy the outdoors while staying safe, they can be used as educational centers for children and can be great places for our four-legged friends to get some much-needed exercise and socialization. When budget cuts hit beloved parks, it’s often up to the community to do something about it.
The “Open Gibson Ranch Park Now” petition surpassed its original goal of 1,000 signatures and was a vital tool in the effort to show the County Board of Supervisors that the plan had a great amount of public support.
Thanks to Care2 members and supporters who signed the Gibson Ranch petition, the park will be open to the public again soon.
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