Park district closes historic Rod and Gun Club

Skye Kinkade
The oldest of the Mount Shasta City Park’s buildings, the Rod and Gun Club has been closed due to safety and liability concerns.

The Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District board decided to close the historic Rod and Gun Club for safety reasons during a special meeting Friday afternoon.

The closure is the first effect of a shortage in funding, said District Administrator Mike Rodriguez, who had hoped that repairs to the building would be covered by funding from two recent ballot measures, but those were unsuccessful.

The Rod and Gun Club, built in the 1920s, is the MSRPD’s oldest building and has most recently been used by Shasta Taiko and the summer Fiddle Camp.

Safety issues identified during a March inspection by Siskiyou Inspections included missing balusters on the entry rail, an overly steep entry ramp and missing electrical cover plates in the attic, grounded electrical outlets in the kitchen, an absence of smoke alarms and cloth-wrapped electrical wiring.

The inspection also revealed outdated knob and tube wiring, some of which is improperly spliced, corrugated stainless steel tubing used for gas distribution, gas odor around the exterior tank and rodent droppings found inside.

The board decided to close the building immediately, shut off electrical, propane and water service and secure it, adding adequate signage to prevent public use, said Rodriguez.

The vote to close the building, taken by roll call, was unanimous among board members Brandy Caporaso, Renee Casterline, Randy Cardoza and chairman Steve Mitrovich.

Rodriguez said the district is planning a public meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the City Park’s Upper Lodge for the community to share their ideas on how to save park facilities.

“We’re hoping to get ideas and suggestions for solutions,” Rodriguez said. “We want to see what the community would like us to do.”

Inspections of the park’s other buildings, including the upper and lower lodges and the old Dudes and Daisies building (now known ast the Dance Hall) are underway and may also require costly upgrades for safety purposes, Rodriguez said.