Contact: Michael Rupp, 831 389 4486 ext.243
The third Annual Pinnacles Community Celebration, to be held on the west side of the monument, Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 10am to 3pm, will highlight a variety of recreational and educational opportunities found within the local communities’ own backyard. Pinnacles is waiving the $5 entrance fee, so everyone is encouraged to attend this event, and, not only learn about the park, but local, state, and federal services and opportunities that are available in the community.
While education will be the main focus of this event, there will also be entertainment in the form of Native American and local dancers, ranger walks and talks, and a kid’s activity area. Pinnacles National Monument is in a time of great transition. The recent reintroduction of endangered California condors coupled with the addition of significant new lands has focused increasing attention on this once-quiet park. However, these events could not be possible without the vision and commitment of a group of community members who began a grassroots campaign to preserve the Pinnacles Rocks in the late 1800’s. As Pinnacles moves into its next 100 years, this event provides outstanding opportunities to forge new connections with the diverse population and organizations that makes up the Central Coast region of California.”
“We are confident that our efforts will continue to move Pinnacles forward in its goal of sharing the park’s resources and values with the general public, especially improving our outreach to culturally diverse audiences,” stated Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann. “These opportunities will enable us to further develop our relationship with the local com munities, encouraging them to take full advantage of all that Pinnacles has to offer, while promoting the National Park Service’s vision of connecting our parks with its surrounding communities.”
It is hoped that the Pinnacles Community Celebration event will support and encourage multicultural stewardship and ownership of the park while more closely aligning the park with the local communities. The Park Service’s mission is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of these pristine lands for this and all future generations. With the local communities supporting, enjoying and actively participating in their park, Pinnacles will continue to showcase a scenic and convenient national park full of recreational and educational opportunities into the future through these strong stewardship connections.
For more information and an updated list of events and partners, please visit: www.nps.gov/pinn