State Parks District Superintendent Marilyn Linkem told SYRCL staff this week that she shares our goal to keep Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park open. Although the park will be closed this summer, it will be under “caretaker status” which means that park rangers will still be responsible for ensuring security there. Linkem encouraged park supporters to seek creative solutions for Malakoff including new partnerships to operate the park, and the installation of a solar system to reduce energy costs of nearly $80,000 per year to run the diesel generators. Park staff are also evaluating the economic feasibility of keeping the park open with reduced hours or seasonally as one way to reduce costs. According to a recent interview with Linkem in The Union, she said, “Keeping the park open on a full-time basis appears cost prohibitive.”
Getting the South Yuba River State Park off the closure list provides yet another reason for community celebration this spring. On April 29th, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge will celebrate its 150th sesquicentennial birthday and the public is invited.