The Committee is preparing an application for funding through Proposition 68 to fund the development of the Westside Community Horse Park at our site on Highway 175 west of Lakeport, CA.
The public participation has concluded. The compilations of data and cost and the writing of the application are underway. This process is being lead by Board Member Carol Maxwell.
The Committee thanks all of you who participated in the two online surveys and attended the public meetings to share your ideas and help to design the park.
The grant application deadline has been extended to 5:00 PM on January 20, 2022. The Committee’s goal is to submit by the original deadline of November 5, 2021.
Click here to read the Lake County News article about the recent work completed. Update July 12, 2021.
A group of community members met on January 15, 1997 under the direction of Charlie Jolin to discuss the development of an active recreation park in the City of Lakeport. The Westside Community Park Committee was incorporated and received its nonprofit status on November 1, 1999. The Park is 60 acres of land set aside by the City of Lakeport. The Committee leases portions of the land for development. As phases are completed the City dedicates them as parkland and assumes the administration and maintenance.
Phase 1 is four acres consisting of two soccer fields, seating, picnic area, the start of the Forbes Creek Trail (ADA compliant), Westside Park Road and a parking lot. Phase 1, officially named the “Rotary Fields” for all of the financial and volunteer labor support provided by the Lakeport Rotary Club, opened in 2004. A Dog Park was opened in 2007 and named the Ron Raetz Dog Park in 2017.
Phase 2 was dedicated on Thursday, July 25, 2013 and is now known as the “Jane Barnes Field”. This is four and one-half acres which includes turf for multiple soccer fields, a regulation baseball field and a Little League/softball field. An additional one-half mile of the Forbes Creek Trail has been completed around a portion of Phase 2. An interim parking lot is complete on the west side of the Jane Barnes Field. Grant funding is being sought to complete that lot.
Phase 2A is three acres adjacent on the South to the Jane Barnes Field. The Early Lake Lions Club of Lakeport has constructed ten horseshoe pits there. A bicycle Pump Track was constructed using funds donated by the Rotary Club of Lakeport. This phase will also include a Skate Area and Beach Sports Courts.
An additional forty-five acres located to the Northwest remains for future development.
The Committee received approval from the City Council to construct a Horse Park. The Horse Park will be located on property owned by the City of Lakeport adjacent to State Highway 175. While this property is not contiguous with the existing Westside Community Park the development and operation will remain under the jurisdiction of the Westside Community Park Committee. The first phase of development involves access from the state highway. VanDerWall Engineering of Kelseyville has developed the plans required to obtain an encroachment permit from Caltrans. The City of Lakeport has made the application for the permit. Once an encroachment permit is obtained the Committee will begin construction of the access as funds become available.