Assemblyman Brian Dahle, Supervisor Hank Weston, and representatives of the South Yuba River Citizens League were led on a tour of the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park today (Thursday) to see what can be done to reduce energy costs, get the park open again, and get it in shape to be a destination location like it used to be. Malakoff Diggins ceased operations in November 2011 after being placed on the state parks closure list during budget cuts. Matt Green is Superintendent of the Sierra Gold Sector that includes Malakoff, Empire Mine and South Yuba River State Parks. He pointed out the challenges ahead.*
Power to the park now comes from Diesel generator. With grant funding, park employees are doing a feasibility study on bringing P-G-and-E power to the park, or perhaps solar power. Dahle says the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is a treasure that deserves to be preserved and upgraded for more people to enjoy.*
Before 2011, there were 25-thousand visitors to Malakoff Diggins state park yearly. Under the cloak of being placed on the closure list, the number of visitors dropped to five thousand a year. It’s hoped the commitment from Weston and Dahle will increase the chance of success for the park.