Mammoth celebrates Park and Recreation Month

– Press release

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives officially mandated July as “Park and Recreation Month.”


This July the Town of Mammoth Lakes is celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring power of parks and recreation in our community.

“Parks are the foundation of nearly every community where anyone can go to be active, live healthier, and connect with nature. Parks and recreation truly makes our lives and communities better now and in the future,” stated Stuart Brown, Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Manager. “I encourage you to visit, explore and take the time to appreciate our many amazing parks and recreation facilities in Mammoth Lakes.”

On July 1, the Town Council recognized July as Park and Recreation Month in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The proclamation affirmed that parks and recreation services are vital for our communities—from protecting open space and natural resources, to promoting wellness and helping fight obesity, to providing activities and resources for all walks of life—Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation bring to communities.

The Power of Parks Do you know the power of your local parks and recreation?

–  Parks Have Environmental Power – 1 acre of trees absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by driving a car 11,000 miles.  Parks Have Health Power – Increased access to places for physical activity leads to a 25% increase in people exercising 3 or more days a week.

–  Parks Have Community Power – Parks strengthen community ties and bring diverse populations together.

– Parks Have Safety Power – In Macon, GA, a revitalized park that included new programming and beautification efforts reduced incidents of crime and violence by 50%. Parks have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives, and protect the future. All Recreation – all the time!

Park and recreation agencies across the country, including the Town of Mammoth Lakes Parks and Recreation Department, are recognizing the month of July with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.

Following is a sample of the many programs, events and promotions scheduled this month in Mammoth Lakes. Visit or call (760) 934- 8989 ext. 222 to register or for additional information. MiNi and Youth Summer Camps Register for our youth (7-13) and MiNi (3-6) signature summer camps this July including:

British Soccer Camp, July 20 – NEW Girl Power Camp, July 20 – Youth Climbing Camp, July 22 – Wave Rave Concrete Kommandos ,July 27 – Wilderness Camp, July 27 – U.K. International Soccer Camp.

Every participant receives a FREE 2015 Parks and Recreation Camper T-shirt!

Mammoth RecZone The Mammoth RecZone is the coolest place to hang out this summer! The facility is an outdoor venue (with shade, lights, and concessions) located in the heart of Mammoth Lakes offering fun on skates, blades, boards, nets, hoops and on ramps.

Come on over and enjoy these themed nights this July: THURSDAY – Mammoth Youth Hockey and Friends Night Mammoth Youth Hockey will be getting ready for the winter season playing street hockey. Drop-ins and new players welcome! Games are scheduled from 5:30-8:00pm. Cost is only $3.00/skater.

FRIDAY – Kids Night! Play volleyball, basketball, badminton, horseshoes, bean bag toss, blongoball and more! Roller/inline skates available for rental. Bring your RC cars! Free Hot dogs between 6:00-7:00pm (bring your meat to BBQ…) and only $1.00 for ice cream floats. Drop-offs 10 years and older welcome! Festivities begin at 3:00pm. Cost is $2 for local students and youth under 15.

SATURDAY – Roller Skate Party! Join us every Saturday night from 6:00-9:00pm and get your groove on at our jumpin’ Skate Party – skate rental is FREE! Cost is only $2 Youth / $3 Adults.

SUNDAY – Open Skate & Drop-in Street Hockey The RecZone is programmed for open skate from 3:00-5:00 pm, Youth street hockey from 5:00-7:00pm and adult street hockey from 7:00-9:00. Normal fees apply.

Whitmore Pool The Whitmore Pool is the home of the Mammoth Sharks and is open daily for recreation and lap swim. The facility offers six lanes (25m), hot showers, Free Wi-Fi and shade. Register your child in our Swim School – sessions are offered MondayFriday. Call the pool at (760) 935-4222 for a complete schedule.

Community Tennis Improve your strokes with Tennis Pro Kyle Osland every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at the Community Tennis Courts on Forest Trail. Purchase a $65 Punch/Private Pass that includes five 2-hour drop-in sessions plus a 15-minute private with the pro!

The Town of Mammoth Lakes Parks and Recreation Department invites you to celebrate 30 years of Park and Recreation Month by visiting one of our many parks, swimming at the stunning Whitmore pool, riding the Volcom Brothers Skate Park, or registering for our many community-centric and affordable programs.

Visit or call (760) 934-8989 ext. 222 to register or for additional information. Never have a slow day in Mammoth again!



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16 Responses to Mammoth celebrates Park and Recreation Month

  1. Ken Warner July 17, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    I’ve listened to pro-development people tell me that Mammoth doesn’t need parks because we are surrounded by natural features.

    There is an area in Mammoth Lakes right now that would be a World Class park if cared for and cleaned up. The old Forest Service tract right in the middle of town. It has some really nice old growth trees and could be a real beautiful park area. It’s been sitting there, uncared for, for 15 years. Nobody can see it because it’s too obvious.

    And then Stu Brown tells us all about Mammoth’s beautiful parks. The irony is just too bitter.

    • enoughalready July 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Hey Ken – Back-up those years a bit for that land being uncared for – I believe the Forest Service Tract was vacated somewhere around 1984-85(??).
      You maybe right about the town owning the land. When the MLFD did the fuel reduction job on the property they used the Owens Valley Camp Crew for the labor. The Camp Crew can not work on private property. I believe the TOML somehow relieved the owners of their burden. Still in all you are correct about that chunk of land making a great central park. Just don’t forget this the TOML – what could possibly go wrong – or when have they ever done what is right?

  2. Dan Watson July 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    The Town doesn’t own that land, Ken. It’s kind of hard to develop a park when it’s privately owned.

    • Ken Warner July 19, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Dan: That’s the stock dodge from everybody who is either pro development and want’s to see hundreds of condominiums built there so they can make money. Or by people with no concern for the best interests of the town combined with no imagination or vision.

      I know that parcel is owned by a group (more than 200) lawyers who have just walked away from any responsibility for maintaining that property. Transients live there. People dump trash there. And even worse.

      The “Owners” have abrogated their responsibility Shouldn’t the city step up and exercise eminent domain for the good of the town?

      • Shine July 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

        Ken, eminent domain requires paying for the property and is unnecessary if seller is willing. If a group like that decides to fight, TOML is out of their league again as with airport. If they don’t fight, they probably figure they found a sucker to take it off their hands and have some sort of tax write off. TOML is in debt and you want more?

      • sugar magnolia July 20, 2015 at 10:13 am #

        Using eminent domain for the purpose of a park is allowable, but more difficult to do than say a road or something like that.

        And, in order to do so, they would need a FUNDED project to turn it into a park. You can’t use eminent domain to acquire land for an unfunded, future project.

        Can’t see that happening.

        However, the Town does have the teeth to enforce regulations relating to garbage on one’s property, etc. They notice the owners, give them a deadline, and then if they don’t act, the Town does the required work and charges the owner.

        Personally, I don’t mind a forest in the middle of our town, even if some people do sleep there in the summer.

        • Trouble July 21, 2015 at 6:44 am #

          I’m not sure about that sugar. LAX bought up the whole neighborhood in the seventies and still hasn’t done a thing with it.

    • Really? July 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      There you go again Chief, confusing Ken with the actual facts!

  3. Trouble July 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    I try hard to stay out of all of Mammoths problems :-), but Ken might be right. We worked out a half private and half county solution for our new animal shelter. But good luck dealing with two hundred lawyers and retired police chiefs !Just kidding chief!

    • Ken Warner July 20, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      The Bishop Park is used by everybody on the East Side. The Mammoth Central Park could offer the same benefits to at least all of Mono County.

    • John July 20, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Trouble- I just try to stay out of Mammoth

  4. A Citizen July 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Makes me wonder why we have a $650,000 running track that 6 people a year use. The Town maintains it and it was plowed through in the middle of bankruptcy by a… Lawyer, X-Councilman. Huh! GO KEN!

    • Ken Warner July 20, 2015 at 7:50 am #

      Yes, that track is another thing I didn’t like and warned people about. I thought that track should have been built near Cerro Coso Community College as an attraction to encourage students to enroll there.

      I got a lot of heat for my opinion then too. Nobody listens to you unless you are at least a millionaire.

    • Hans July 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Well, in the time that it took to type that comment you could have typed “Mammoth Track” into google’s search bar and answered your own question.

  5. A Citizen July 21, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Hey Hans,

    The point is not Goggling the neatly packaged press release.

    It is to release the “Back Story” of why we have a track at all when there are 3000 miles of existing great running trails in Mono County.

    The point is to create buzz on how unscrupulous attorneys posing as Council manipulate town for their agenda and waste money that this broke city needs for real projects.

    Wake up people, Kens paranoid conspiracy rants are shockingly turning out to be REAL more often than not! Who’d have thunk it?

    Just a note: who is paying to cut down all those trees around the old Forest Service compound? You know, the ones that died from putting in a pavement bike trail, creating a fire hazard and not absorbing CO2 and off-gassing precious Oxygen to breath?

    • Hans July 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

      Thanks for reinforcing my point– why should anyone care what you think if you can’t be bothered to inform yourself, especially when all it takes is a few clicks?

      I’m no great fan of the track, but the proponents put together a proposal for measure U funds which was approved by the committee. If you’re looking for a villain, Dave McCoy donated a big chunk of the construction budget.
      If you have an idea for a project that could use measure U or R funds, put together a proposal and submit it. Or you could just keep complaining…

      Since the trees that you refer to are on FS land, it shouldn’t be to hard to figure out who will be paying to cut them down. And it’s worth looking up at the Knolls and Sherwins where you will see that the four-year drought is killing hundreds of trees that are nowhere near bike paths.


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