The Oak Tree Community Park District property in North San Juan is now officially in the hands of the district. The dream of having a community park in the Ridge community was sparked over 10 years ago when then Supervisor Robin Sutherland proposed the idea and began the search for funding. Voters in North San Juan last year approved a parcel tax that will pay for development of a new Oak Tree Park District. The District was able to acquire 11 and a half acres for creation of a park but the funding from the new tax to make improvements will not come through until 2013. Nevada County Supervisors approved giving the district $57 thousand dollars from a bequest left to the county by Dryden Wilson, and held the title to the property until the contract was approved yesterday to transfer the land to the Oak Tree Park District. Oak Tree Park District member Pete Milano says he would like to thank the Board of supervisors and staff for their perseverance in getting the Park District through.
“I think this is a wonderful, exciting, historical moment. I think it’s a glowing example of how local community, local government and state government can work together to benefit our citizenry. I am very proud to be a part of it and I thank you very, very much.”
Oak Tree Park already has a ball field and eventually Milano says they hope to build picnic areas horseshoe pits and improve the existing buildings and make them available to the community.