Repairing Flood Damage at Mary Laveroni Community Park, Groveland, CA
By: Jim Goodrich, Groveland Rotary
On March 22, 2018, Groveland was drenched in over 8-1/2” of rain in 15 hours, with 4” falling in just 3 hours. This storm exceeded the 150-year flood frequency. The result was Main Street flooded in 12-18 inches of water, causing millions of dollars in damage to buildings, parks, and roadways. Mary Laveroni Community Park was hard hit. This park is not only a convenient and tranquil stop available to over a million travelers a year going to and from Yosemite National Park, but is the venue for many community activities, including the “Where the Hell is Groveland Classic Car Show, Church in the Park, Summer Flea Market, the famous 49er Festival, and our Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration. These activities bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to our local businesses and substantial income to our local service clubs, like Rotary, Kiwanis, and 4H.
Unless we repair this park quickly, these events won’t happen and our community will suffer even more than it already has. We have a generous outpouring of volunteers from the community ready to begin the repair work.
But, we are lacking the $30,000 to bring in the 900 tons to backfill material, gravel, and asphalt needed to make the repairs required to open the park for our events. This is a call out to all those who enjoy Mary's Park to contribute to the GoFundMe account managed be Groveland Rotary Club. The GoFundMe account is “gofundme.com/repair-mary039s-park” or “Repair Mary's Park.”