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Grand Reopening Ceremony for Village at 3:00 Today

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 31, 2013 – The Village Streetscape Reconstruction Project is complete, and the public is invited to a grand reopening ceremony at 3 p.m. today at Copper Q (645 Pine Knot Avenue). City of Big Bear Lake officials will present before-and-after photos of the village that highlight major improvements made, such as heated sidewalks, seat walls, propane-fueled outdoor fire pits, street pavers, curbs, gutters, landscape developments, lighting, street signs, and decorative street crossings. Light refreshments will be served. The six-month project began in April and was funded by grants, Measure T, Measure Y and local developer impact fees. Except for a few days around July 4th to accommodate visitors, work was done continuously to finish before...

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Village Road Closures Extended Slightly

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 9, 2013 – Improvements in the Village will take a little longer than planned. In order to adequately pave the streets, the engineering contractor, Matich Corporation, will need two separate days of roadway closures: Wednesday/October 16th on Village Drive and Thursday/October 17th on Pine Knot. Closure times will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with vehicles allowed back on the road that evening. City of Big Bear Lake staff originally hoped to pave the Village L without closing the streets to automobile traffic,  but LOR Consultants and independent geotechnical engineers strongly advised against doing bi-lateral paving of half widths of the Village L roads. The main problem identified was the potential faulty joint crown or centerline of the road given two separate pours of asphalt on different days, different mixing compositions and likely different weather conditions. Properties of asphalt are unlike concrete and are not as accommodating for a joint seal to form the roadway crown. A secondary problem is the safety risk of inadequate roadway space to operate the asphalt laying machinery, equipment and personnel necessary to construct the roadway, and still provide constricted public vehicular access. To mitigate the one day loss of normal customer access, a parking, walking and signage plan will guide eastbound visitors to the Bartlett Parking Lot, and westbound visitors to the Knickerbocker Parking Lot.  In addition, Big Bear Blvd...

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Village Improvements Coming Soon

Big Bear, Ca, February 15, 2011, 12:00pm – The Village of Big Bear Lake will receive a major face lift this coming summer.  According to David Lawrence with the City of Big Bear Lake, construction is set to start in April, weather dependent, and will continue for about five months.  Construction must take place in the warmer months, as it is harder to pour concrete and have it set correctly in the colder months.  Upgrades to the Village area will include new sidewalks, with heated sidewalks in icy areas, high efficient lighting, new banner locations, new perimeter parking, and a trail that would connect the forest with the lake.  The City allocated 4 million dollars to the project, with additional funding to cover the new parking.  Lawrence also told KBHR that covered fire pits are part of the plan, with two locations in the Village, and would act as a public gathering area.   The improvements would encompass Pine Knot Avenue to Village Drive and down to the Elks Lodge at the far end of the Village.  Lawrence says that by having the improvements cover the entire Village area, that it would activate the lower areas near the Elks Lodge, and connect the village.  The Village will also be getting rolled curbs, which will keep the curb from getting chipped by snowplows in the winter months.  Lawrence told KBHR that...

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Busy Thanksgiving Four Day Weekend in Big Bear

Big Bear, Ca, November 28, 2011, 4:00pm – This Thanksgiving Holiday weekend brought people from across California, Nevada, and Arizona to celebrate the holiday in Big Bear.  Friday evening in the Village, it is estimated that over 1,000 people were in attendance for the annual tree lighting ceremony, filling the Village streets with holiday cheer.  Snow Summit and Bear Mountain both sold out on Friday and Saturday, and many people were seen walking through the village, on the Alpine Pedal Path, and on other hiking trails in the valley.  Some cyclists even enjoyed the warmer weather, and were seen riding around town, and up and down the back grade.  The Village and other local businesses were busy this weekend with Black Friday and weekend shoppers stocking up on holiday gifts.  Bear Mountain and Snow Summit still have early season rates in effect, for more information, or to get your season pass today, go to...

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Village Tree Lighting Ceremony Starts Christmas Season in Big Bear

Big Bear, Ca, November 23, 2011, 4:00pm – Friday, November 25th, the Village will light up with holiday cheer as the Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus’s arrival to the Big Bear Valley.  The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at Christmas Tree point at the corner of Pine Knot and The Village Drive, in the Village of Big Bear Lake.  The ceremony will begin at 4:30pm, with Mayor Bill Jahn lighting the Christmas Tree.  Art Harriman will lead a sing a long of Christmas songs, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Village until 9:00pm.  Everyone is invited to attend the start of the Christmas season.  Remember to dress warm, bring a friend, your singing voice, and a...

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