Save McGrath Effort History
Spring 2011 -- the decision
to close 70 California State Parks was made public. A closure park list was released to the press...and oh no, McGrath was
on it. Some parks were scheduled to close in 2011 (McGrath was in that category), others were scheduled to close July 1, 2012....and
we had only about 3 months before McGrath closed to do something.
initial news of McGraths closure can still be seen here, video and article by ABC, April 14th, 2011: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/ventura_county&id=8072521
McGrath was scheduled to close down September 6th 2011 at
noon due to lack of funds to fix an aging sewage line...a $500k repair. Basically this problem condemned
the park, the main reason it was added to the State Parks closure list along with 69 other parks.
However our campaign to bring awareness to the issue and express both local and out of town interest
in keeping McGrath opened was a huge success!!! In Sept 2011 McGrath was even given an extra two months
to remain opened past the original planned closure date, which you can read about here: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/30/mcgrath-state-beach-to-remain-open-at-least-2/
Elected officials from all levels (City of Oxnard, County of
Ventura, State Assemblyman Das Williams and State Senator Fran Pavley) gave a tremendous outpour of support in our efforts.
Check out this video of the rally for McGrath: http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Rally-To-Save-Mcgrath-State-Beach-128499373.html
9/9/2011 Ventura County Star article "Local
leaders pushing for $200,000 in public funding to save McGrath park"
2011 news articles:
Aug 2011, reader
submitted story "Rally to Save" (about the park closure and 2011 grant contest, Save McGrath Cindy wrote & submitted
Aug 16, 2011 Deal aims to keep open McGrath State Beach
ABC New Video, Summer 2011, about the park closure & our
effort to save, Save McGrath SB FB page creator Chris Culver and several other Save McGrath Members interviewed.
Aug 11, 2011, "Supervisor Pitches Idea to Keep McGrath
State Beach Open"
Aug 10th, 2011 "Online Effort Underway To Save McGrath
State Beach Park" article and video, Save McGrath FB creator Chris Culver appears, promoting McGrath in the 2011 park
Aug 5th, 2011 "As closure looms, McGrath State Beach looks
to become America's favorite park"
2011 Radio Interview about McGrath
Nov 29th, 2011 "$250,000 Federal Grant Expected To Help
Save Popular State Beach In Ventura County From Closure"
Nov 29th, 2011 "McGrath State Beach Funding" article
& video about McGrath receiving the $250,000 federal grant
Congresswoman Lois Capp's official press release on the
$250k grant approval for McGrath: http://capps.house.gov/press-release/capps-announces-federal-funding-mcgrath-state-beach
and article on VCStar: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/29/key-grant-awarded-to-save-mcgrath-state-beach/
Merry Xmas for McGrath! Dec 2011, the final
$50k needed was donated. This was the big one, without the funds to fix the sewage line McGrath would have
been another state parks budget cut casualty had it not been for the generosity of Mr. Mullin of Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, who donated the remaining $50k. Plus the County of Ventura and City of Oxnard for their generous $50k
each contributions. And State Parks...and of course all of us! You can read about Mr.
Mullin and the donations here: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/dec/07/peter-mullin-introduced-as-private-donor-who-is/
Last September (McGrath's original budget cut closure
date was 9/6/11) McGrath was granted 2 extra months to stay opened due to overwhelming support from other agencies, the community
and people who camp at the park. But Mother Nature with the rains on Oct 4th/5th closed the park a few weeks early cutting
our extra 2 months a little short. The sewage line & pump station repairs were made, while waiting
for the flood waters to reside. The unique thing about McGrath, you are literally camping in a seasonal
wetland. Although we don't like to see the park close for any reason, the river is doing exactly what
rivers are supposed to do and the river is why you see the variety of critters and birds at McGrath so it is kind of a good
Past Events (McGrath Contingency Fund donation drives by local businesses):
way to help (from Sept 24th to Oct 31st 2011):
Go to the Jolly Oyster at San Buena Ventura State Beach, tell them "Ranger Jelly sent me". Buy at least 1 dozen Kumamoto Oysters ($14.40 per dozen). For every dozen sold, $4.40 will be donated
by the Jolly Oyster to the McGrath State Beach Contingency fund!
Escape Luxury Salon:
up to 30% of any hair service done by Stacey Jolls-Casey
during the month of October 2011 when you mention this FB page.