Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park has been under study to find ways to reduce the costs of operating the park so it can remain open. The park was placed on the closure list by State Parks in November of 2011, partly because the state was spending $70,000 a year on aging diesel generators for limited power at the park. The South Yuba River Citizens League came to the aid of Malakoff State Historic Park by securing a State Parks Foundation Grant that has been keeping the park open at least three days a week. Matt Green, Superintendent of the Sierra Gold Sector that includes Malakoff, says part of the grant also funded a study of alternative sources of power.
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Green says at the invitation of Supervisor Hank Weston and SYRCL, PG and E entered a discussion of bringing power to the park.
Green says at this juncture bringing in a PG and E line would be logistically difficult because they would have to go through a lot of private properties.
Now the consensus is for some type of solar power system with a back up generator. Green says they are in the process of completing an environmental document to get a shovel ready project for solar panels at the park and hope to purchase a new generator either this fiscal year or next fiscal year.
Another Challenge for Malakoff Diggins State Park is reminding people that the park is still open. Green says the popular annual Malakoff Fishing Derby is on for May 10th and they expect that will draw lots of visitors.