Tag: Zoo

Recreation and Park District’s Advisory Commission Meet to Discuss Park Funding, Skatepark and Zoo

Big Bear Valley, CA — The Advisory Commission for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District—which, at present, includes Don Pletcher, Kathryn Poole, Gloria Rose, Bob Ybarra and, as of April, Helen Stearns—convenes for their monthly meeting this evening at 5pm at the Big Bear Senior Center. This evening’s meeting is scheduled to include administrative updates on Proposition 84 (as it relates to Paradise Park and the Moonridge Animal Park) and the Sugarloaf skatepark renovation. The agenda also includes appointment of two commissioners to serve on the Zoo Collaborative. Per zoo curator Debbie Richardson’s report on the Moonridge Animal Park, which is celebrating its 50th year, there is a new veterinarian on site, as well as many new baby animals, which include five baby raccoons, three baby opossums, a young coyote, two young ravens, several baby rabbits and some baby birds. Update: Due to lack of a quorum, the Commission will not meet today. Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July...

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May’s Third Week Meetings Include DWP, BBVRPD, BVUSD, BVCHD, MWD and SPOA

Big Bear Valley, CA — In addition to today’s meetings of the Big Bear City Community Services District and the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, there are a slew of civic meetings taking place in this, May’s third week. The Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners now, as of May, meet on the third Tuesday of the month, so will convene tomorrow, May 18, at the DWP offices on Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake at 9am. The Tuesday morning meeting will include a presentation to outgoing Commissioner Karen Dally (who, with husband Ken, will be leaving the Big Bear Valley); Commissioners will also consider a revised proposal from ALDA Engineering for the water system infrastructure replacement plan. Also on Tuesday, the Advisory Commission of the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District meets for their monthly meeting, to be held at the Big Bear Senior Center at 5pm. The Rec and Park meeting will include updates on the new animals to the Moonridge Animal Park—which, as of April, included three baby opossums and four baby raccoons—as well as the zoo relocation. On Wednesday, May 19, the Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District meet at the school district offices at 5:15pm. During open session, scheduled to begin at 6:30pm, the school board is agendized to ratify agreements with the unions, BVEA and...

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New Zoo Review: County Supervisors Approve Purchase of Golf-Course Adjacent Land for Moonridge Animal Park

Big Bear Lake, CA — After 50 years in Moonridge, the Moonridge Animal Park is moving—to Moonridge. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the governing body which oversees the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District responsible for the zoo, approved the $2 million purchase of a 10.46 acre parcel at the opposite end of the golf course in their meeting yesterday. The new site, on the corner of Clubview Drive and Moonridge Road, will more than quadruple the size of the existing facility, which is home to 150 birds and animals representing over 80 local species. The new acreage for the zoo is being purchased with over $1.5 million in Proposition 40 state park funds, and the remaining balance will be paid with previously dedicated County funds from the zoo’s CIP budget. In a statement from our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, he says, “For more than a decade, the County has been working to relocate this treasured asset. Finishing this project was a top priority of mine, since we were at risk of losing state funds if we did not act quickly.” Though the appropriation of funds for the purchase was approved on April 27, Reese Troublefield with the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District tells KBHR, “I don’t think it is in escrow yet, but it will be very shortly. When we acquire...

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Moonridge Animal Park May Move–to the Other End of the Golf Course; Purchase of 10+ Acre Parcel on County Supervisors’ Agenda

Big Bear Lake, CA — After 50 years in Moonridge, the Moonridge Animal Park is slated for a new location—this one on the northern, rather than southern, end of Big Bear Mountain Resorts’ golf course. Pending the authorization of purchase, agendized for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ approval tomorrow, the zoo may finally have a permanent home on a 10.46 acre parcel on the corner of Moonridge Road and Clubview Drive. At present, the zoo, which is overseen by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, is on a 2.5 acre site; the original lease on the land, at $1 per year, extended for 50 years and, as of this February, the renewed three-year lease contract amounts to $5,650 per month, with an annual rate increase of 4%. Bill Treadwell, Vice President for the Friends of the Moonridge Zoo, has been working on the zoo relocation project for six years, prior to which a 2001 Memorandum of Understanding had been established with the U.S. Forest Service, to potentially move the zoo to Forest Service land adjacent to the Big Bear Discovery Center; he tells KBHR he is excited about the prospect of staying in Moonridge, within the City of Big Bear Lake. “One of the greatest things,” Treadwell says, “is that we don’t have to change our name, after all the branding we have done for...

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Big Bear Offers Many Opportunities to Enjoy Earth Day, Which Celebrates 41 Years on April 22

Big Bear Valley, CA — This Thursday, April 22 marks Earth Day, which has been celebrated in support of the environment since 1970. Should you be looking for ways to establish—or renew—your commitment to do your part this Earth Day, you can choose to reuse shopping bags, take a moment to pick up litter ’round the lakeshore or in your neighborhood, or take advantage of curbside recycling opportunities available from both Big Bear Disposal (866-3942) and the Community Services District (585-2565). There are also opportunities to celebrate Earth Day with community, starting with Thursday’s Earth Day event being hosted by Bear Valley Electric Service. From 11am to 2pm, BVES and other agencies, including DWP and CSD, will be sharing information, food and freebies, and power plant tours; the Earth Day Community Celebration takes place at 42020 Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake. The Friends of the Big Bear Library will also host a special event for youth, who will be able to share in books and decorate their own recyclable bag, donated by the Sierra Club; this activity takes place at 4pm Thursday at the library at 41930 Garstin Drive. On Saturday, April 24, the Sierra Club hosts an Earth Day Fair at the new Copper Q on Pine Knot Avenue in the Village. The fair runs from 11am to 4pm, and will include a number of activities, as...

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