Well the long wait is almost over, yep Gibson Ranch will open on April 1st, under the new management of the Gibson Ranch, . Yes, the long fought battle of keeping the gates open at Gibson Ranch is almost over.
Now is the time for our Community to show our and appreciation by volunteering a hand or two. We have scheduled a clean up day for Saturday, March 26th, 8am at Gibson Ranch. Please pass this message on to everyone you know.
What we need to do;
1. Repair and rebuilding of the picnic tables/benches
2. Cutting of weeds which there are a lot of.
3. Trimming of shrubs, bushes, etc.
4. Other general maintenance upkeep repairs, painting, etc., etc.
Tools that should be brought, for your use, are shovels, hammers, (gas powered preferred), saws & drills (battery powered), wheel barrels, trucks and anything else you may think to bring. You will need to keep track of your own tools.
NOTE: There are few electrical outlets available, and that is the reason for battery powered tools. If someone does have a power generator, that could be and excellent aide to getting the job(s) done. Extension cords would be helpful.
Doug will have one person (experienced in this type activity) designated to lead and supervise the work. That person will be in control.
The purpose is to clean up the Ranch and have it ready for opening in early April. Doug feels that a cleaned up Ranch will make an excellent impression and folks will come back and utilize the Ranch. And, he's right.
The volunteer activity will also show that residents of Rio Linda, , Antelope, North Highlands and the rest of our neighbors have pride in their communities.
When we gathered for the Rio Linda Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, Hal Morris raised the idea of a volunteer day at Gibson Ranch between March 22 and April 1. Hal suggested Saturday March 26 or Sunday March 27.
Since Wednesday I have talked with my landscape contractor regarding how this will work. He and I are meeting on Wednesday March 16 to lay out a plan to open the park on April 1. Incorporating a Volunteer Day into that plan is a great idea. We will develop a plan for what needs to be done, primarily cleanup, and an "order of battle" for getting it done.
We will start at 8 am on Saturday March 26. People are certainly welcome to come and go as their schedule requires. Lunch for the volunteers will be provided. I need a count on who's coming so as to have enough food and beverages, so if they could email me at @.com to let me know they are coming that would be GREAT!
The work will fall into three main categories: cleaning up the core areas, cleaning up the buildings, cleaning up the rest of the property. I will be assisted by a supervisor from my landscape contractor's crew to help keep things logical.
Cleaning up the core areas covers from the main gate to the country store parking lot along the roadway in between. This is the first area everyone sees. Making a big improvement in the core area will certainly catch people's eye and let the casual visitor know that someone is paying attention. Work in this area will involve , lawnmowers, fixing fences, planting plants, a pasture, taking down some existing signs, some painting, etc.. Anyone with a ride-along mower would be a star - we can use all the help we can get in that regard.
Cleaning up the buildings involves removing the heavy growth of weeds and shrubbery around the buildings, particularly the country store and the rental cabins. We will need people who can use a , fix fences, plant plants, trim shrubs, do some painting, fix sprinkler irrigation, fix gutters that are barely hanging on, etc.
Cleaning up the rest of the property speaks for itself. To the extent we can, I hope to fix as much of the post and cable system that we can: straightening posts, tightening wire, painting posts. In addition, significant repairs to the picnic tables need to be accomplished. These tasks will require , paint brushes, battery powered power tools including wrenches and drills (no power saws), etc.
If I had to prioritize the "NEEDS" list, it would be as follows:
1. People who own and can operate a .
2. People who own and can operate a self propelled "walk behind" lawnmower.
3. People who own and can operate a paint sprayer. Battery powered would be preferable but not required.
4. People who own and can operate a battery powered drill with all attachments. Also, a tape measure and level.
5. Backhoe with front end loader.
6. Pickup trucks that can take a load to the dump.
I appreciate your willingness to put this request out over your network. Any and all hands are welcome
Hal Morris, President
RLE Chamber of Commerce