From the March 14, 2012 edition:
By Jack Durham
McKinleyville may soon have a 33-acre riverfront park that could eventually include a boat ramp, kayak access and a pavilion where couples could get married on the banks of the Mad River.
The McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, March 14, to discuss purchasing the undeveloped property, located at the junction of North Bank Road and Azalea Avenue.
The board will accept public comment at the meeting, then adjourn to closed session to discuss negotiations with property owner Granite Construction Co.
In an interview last week, MCSD Manager Norman Shopay said he couldn’t reveal how much the district would pay for the property. The price will be discussed in closed session and revealed after the negotiations with the property owner are completed.
The property, Shopay said, could be used by both the MCSD’s Parks & Recreation Department and Water Department.
The land would serve as a river-side park, with possibly a boat ramp, kayak access, an area to swim, a picnic area, trails and maybe even a pavilion for special events like weddings and family reunions.
The Water Department, Shopay said, could use the property for backup water wells. Those wells could serve McKinleyville in the event that the district’s water supply from the Humboldt Municipal Water District is cut off due to an earthquake or other emergency.
The MCSD meeting takes place at Azalea hall, 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville.