As March turned to April, signs of spring cleaning could be seen around McCloud in preparation for a busy summer tourist season.
The trees that line the park-like property at the upper end of Main Street are getting a serious pruning by McCloud native Travis Hunt, who is working with his son Austin Garrette and friends Lee Crook and James Price. Hunt said the project is going to take them longer than they anticipated. From thick old stumps, the tall swaying tree limbs grow bountiful leaves in the summer.
“Each stump has about two to six trees attached to it,” said Hunt. “There are 34 stumps. We are giving away the wood for seniors and disabled people who need it. People who want firewood can just come by the park and we can even deliver it. This is a community place, and it will be a lot safer once we get it all cleaned up.”
The property that sits on the corners of Main Street and Colombero Dr., across from the McCloud Hotel, is owned by Richard Lough, who lives out of the area. He leased the land to the McCloud Chamber of Commerce with a 15 year agreement that they maintain the property. It is centrally located near most of the hotels and eateries in town and is used by tourists and for events such as Bike-toberfest, Motor the Mountain Car Show and Swap Meet, McCloud's Flea Market, and the Apple Harvest Festival.
“The trees have been pruned last year but they haven’t been cut back like this in years,” said McCloud Chamber office assistant Chelsea Johnson. “It is now the Chamber’s responsibility to maintain the property and in doing so one of our goals is to make the property more accessible and appealing for public use. The Chamber has endearingly named it, ‘Main Street Park.’”
Chamber president Claudette Silvera said, “One of the things I would like to see is more picnic benches and tables, a dog poop station, and to add dirt and reseed it. However, these things will have to come through donations and fundraisers.”
Originally tennis courts, the weedy and leaf-covered tree-lined area gets mowed by the Chamber three to four times a year.
“I would like to see more people that come here and get lunches at our local places go to sit at the park, have their lunches and enjoy Main Street, the mountain view, and our friendly community there,” Silvera said.