by Martin Proctor
Groveland’s Downtown Festival Park is a temporary use of existing City property that will ultimately become part of the highway 50 realignment/bypass project. Until then, the park can be used for events. Another progressive change is the ability to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages on site.
City employee Chris Sampson fulfilled the project management role getting the park cleaned up, assembled, and ready to be used. “Chris really stepped up and took charge of the project”, stated Mike Hein City Manager. “We were able to execute the transition to Festival Park on time and at a very low cost to the City.” In the spirit of cooperation, City Water team member Chris Grove pitched in providing a city water connection for irrigation.
The gazebo was recycled and repurposed after becoming an obstacle in the way of the redevelopment of the Lake David waterfront park. It was moved and reassembled by a local contractor as a donation to the City.
The grand opening coincided with the Light Up Groveland Winter Wonderland. That event included a 5K Elf Run, Santa’s Workshop and Christmas Tree Lighting.