Parker Plaza dedication set for Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Rebeca Franco

Jim Parker's seed of an idea of a community park in downtown Mount Shasta has reached fruition and now it's time to celebrate its creation with food, music and good cheer this Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Located on N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., between Alma and Castle Streets, Parker Plaza is a place of respite among the flowing sounds of a fountain and the visual pleasure of flowering plants.

"My deepest gratitude goes to the astonishing number of volunteers and businesses that are participating in this event, which continues the public involvement and interest in Parker Plaza that began years ago," said Lynda Hardy, the event coordinator for the dedication.

Hardy has recruited numerous area restaurants and businesses including the Wayside, Lalo's, Andaman, Shasta Pinnacle, Dos Geckos, Seven Suns, Burger Express, The Oven Bakery, Mt. Shasta Pastry Shop, Mount Shasta Resort, the Tree House and General Produce, to contribute their special brand of edible delights to the evening.

Paula Shipley will be serving her decadent desserts. The Elks will provide beverages and are donating a portion of their profits to the plaza.

Tom Scott and Leslie Tift will sing and strum their original uplifting music. The entertainment will continue with the same belly dancers that inspire Fourth of July walkers and runners to keep moving.

Master of ceremony Leif Voeltz will introduce speakers such as Jim and Nathan Parker, Dusty Miller and Lynda Hardy, who will give various perspectives about the Mountain Runners and the project from its seed idea to the plaza's completion.

"The entire Parker Plaza creation and dedication speaks volumes about the respect and admiration the community has for Jim Parker and all that he has accomplished," said Nadine Aiello, a designer on board since the plaza's inception.

This dedication also celebrates Jim Parker's 33 years of service which has benefitted the Mt. Shasta area communities.