Tag: Village of Big Bear Lake

Knickerbocker Creek Trail Gets the Go Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2014 – The Big Bear Lake City Council, in a 2 to 3 vote, gave the nod to move ahead with the Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. The Council had previously directed city staff to reject all ‘over budget’ bids and then renegotiate in order to lower costs. The total project price tag of $1,725,000. will be funded with a $510,000. grant from SANBAG as well as a $350,000. transportation/natural resources grant, plus $855,000. of local Measure Y funds, designated by voter approval for visitor enhancements. According to City Engineer David Lawrence, as much as 30% in additional labor costs is required because of state prevailing wage and grant requirements. And he also stated that without outside funding, this project would not be possible. The new Knickerbocker Multi-Use Trail will link Veterans Park at the lake, with additional parking near the heart of the newly refurbished village. Proposed bridges will cross the creek at the park and at the new parking facility, enhancing access to shopping and dining. In order to keep expenses down and in line, recycled village light posts as well as surplus pavers will be used in the project. Swapping concrete for wooden fencing has also helped cut costs. M.S. Construction Management Group will be awarded the contract and work should begin soon after the Labor Day holiday weekend....

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BBL City Council Awards Capital Improvement Contracts

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 16, 2014 – During Monday nights’ meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, several capital improvement contracts were awarded with one large project in particular, rejected.  Contracts for the Knickerbocker parking lot, the Paine to Bartlett sidewalk and sewer lift rehabilitation were awarded.  But a 1.5 million dollar project designed to create the Knickerbocker Creek Trail and pedestrian bridge was rejected, as all 4 bids exceeded 2 million dollars. Even with partial transportation grant funding, the majority of the budget was from city coffers including local measure Y funds.  In order to keep the Knickerbocker Trail project in the pipeline, the council approved spending no more than 1.65 million dollars and directed City Engineer David Lawrence to change the scope and lower the costs by repurposing street lights, grading material, and pavers from the recently completed Village reconstruction. Lawrence told the council he believes with the changes, the project will soon be back on track and within budget.   The pedestrian bridge portion of this  project will connect the Knickerbocker parking lot directly with the center of the Village shopping and dining district.  In other city news the Council will soon, in a workshop,  tackle a rewrite of the City’s Mission...

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Big Bear’s Night Sky is the Star this Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 22, 2014 – The StarLight Festival comes to Big Bear Saturday and Sunday bringing a unique celebration of science and technology. Happening at the Northwoods Resort and Conference Center under the beautiful, clear Big Bear skies, people will be educated and entertained in an engaging atmosphere of music and art. Hours for this family friendly event are 10:00am – 11:00pm both days and will include a wide variety of exhibits, hands on activities, and free talks by world-renowned scientists and space explorers. Dr. Linda Spilker, the Project Scientist for the Cassini Mission to Saturn, Dr. Seth Shostak who is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, and Astronaut Story Musgrave will be among those making presentations. There will be an exhibit space where manufacturers will showcase the latest in astronomy and science related gear, a STEM zone full of projects and demonstrations that will get kids excited about science, and a wealth of door prizes. And of course there will be day and night observing opportunities through a number of telescopes of all designs and sizes. Sponsored by Pepsi, the Starlight Festival is presented in partnership with the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference and the Big Bear Solar Observatory, which will provide free tours on both Saturday and...

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Autumn Wine Walk Showcases Village’s Unique Businesses

Big Bear, Ca, September 14, 2011, 3:00pm – The Village Business Association (VBA) of Big Bear Lake will host the autumn Wine Walk this Saturday, September 17, 2011, in the downtown Big Bear Lake Village shopping district from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The merchant organized event will showcase fine wine and the Village’s unique businesses, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Parents in Support of Academics (PSA).    “The Wine Walk has grown to be a fabulous event,” said Cheri Wilson, co-chair of the VBA Wine Walk and owner of Home Warehouse Design Center.  “The merchants really shine by pouring great wines and marketing their store in a unique way. ”   With every event, the list of participating merchants has grown and the event has drawn attendees from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada.  Surpassing all seasonal and other events, the Wine Walk has become the most successful event produced and hosted by the VBA in terms of funds raised and donations.   Tickets for the VBA autumn Wine Walk cost $25.00 and can be purchased at Home Warehouse Design Center. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event for $30.  Participating merchants include: Bear Skins (non-alcoholic site), The Village Quilt Shop, The Copper Q, Hunter Hall’s, Cedar Rose, Shirt Shanty, Home Warehouse Design Center, Village Sweet Shoppe, Le Dolce Vita Tasting Room, Amangela’s Sandwich &...

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