Community members "Take Back the Park"

Sierra StarSeptember 20, 2013 

Children laughed and parents smiled as the community interacted once again at the Oakhurst Community Park.

Close to 100 Mountain Area citizens turned out at the park Thursday Sept. 19 as members of the community came together for a “Taking back the park” event.

The event which included a bounce house, sports activities, barbecues and a family friendly environment was put together by community members Casey Schuetz, Pamela Kurtley, Lenna Pavelich and Brian Whitfield Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to gain support for the ongoing community discussion about the dangers in the Oakhurst park and changes necessary to keep the park safe.

Schuetz posted online a general statement about continued support for these causes in the park. “It’s going to take a group effort to keep this going,” Schuetz said.

The group of four decided to set up the event and created a Facebook page Wednesday and within just a few hours 50-100 people had posted they were planning to attend.

Children were able to enjoy a bounce house that was generously donated by Andrew Browne and Liberty Party Rentals and those in attendance included chairman of the Oakhurst Community Park Committee Andrew Pence, executive director of the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce Darin Soukup, and members of the Mountain Area from as far south as Yosemite Lakes Park.

he group plans to hod future gatherings and will be creating a permanent Facebook page for the Oakhurst Community Park.

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