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The public is invited to a special event on Sunday, October 14, 2007 from 10am to 3pm. The second Annual Pinnacles Community Celebration on the West side of the monument will highlight a variety of recreational and educational opportunities found within the local communities’ own backyard. “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 communities, 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.”
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, neither of these events could 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 early 1900’s. As Pinnacles approaches its 100 year anniversary,January 16, 2008, centennial celebration planning offers an outstanding opportunity to forge new connections with the diverse population that makes up the Central Coast region ofCalifornia. Pinnacles is delighted to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Pacific Gas & Electric Company to further engage our local communities. "Pacific Gas and Electric Company is pleased to partner with and to support the effort of the National Park Foundation and National Park Service on the Connecting Parks and Communities program at Pinnacles National Monument. The Pinnacles is an important natural resource for the Central Coast and we are pleased to support efforts to increase the community's engagement with the park,” Ophelia Basgal, Vice President of Civic Partnerships and Community Initiatives, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
For this year, the monument has arranged free shuttle service from the Soledad community park and ride lot located off of Front street, for families to be transported to the free event. In addition, a local food vendor will be providing food for purchase to participants attending the event if they choose not to picnic in the Monument. Building upon last year’s activities, the event will have a strong musical and dance component. Invited community organizations will also be participating by providing booths, sharing information about their organization and how they can provide support to the local communities.
It is hoped that the Pinnacles Community Celebration event will support and encourage multicultural stewardship and ownership of the park. 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.
Additional information and other park information can be obtained by calling 831-389-4485 extension 0.
This event was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.