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Mary Lavaroni community park in Groveland, near Yosemite, combines new technology and old history

There is always something going on in Groveland, an authentic Gold Rush era city near Yosemite National Park, and chances are most of the time whatever is going on at Mary Lavaroni Community Park.

The park is lovely and offers something for everyone, from a world-class skate park for people with wheels under their feet, to playground equipment for kids and picnic tables for mom, dad and grandparents to enjoy the shade under the trees while they they make a snack for the whole family who will feel hungry after their efforts. There is a hiking trail, a basketball court and even a horseshoe pit for those looking for activity, but don't have a skateboard. The local town museum, the Yosemite Gateway Museum and the library offer a wealth of Gold Rush relics and even have a functioning arbor displayed as an oasis in the parking lot. The museum houses a historic video show and is located on the east side of the park.

Mary Laveroni Community Park is equipped with Wi-Fi, providing a strong high-speed Internet connection for free. This service is sponsored by the Community Services Department of Hotel Charlotte and Groveland for anyone traveling with their technical equipment.

The Mary Lavaroni Community Park has its own history, some details:

In the early 20th century, (after the 1906 earthquake), the city of San Francisco acquired rights to draw water from the Sierra Nevada via Yosemite and built the Hetch Hetchy system. Groveland, approximately 64 kilometers away, was the center of operations for management and supplies. Trains arrived in Groveland and were unloaded and reloaded on another type of train to deal with the slope of the dam's construction site. The first train would then be turned and sent back down the hill. To handle this process, the project had a huge train almost in the center of the city. After Hetch Hetchy's completion, the tracks were removed, the station was demolished and the land became Wayside Park, later called Mary Laveroni Community Park, in honor of one of our main women who helped put Groveland on the map.

The upper park was designed as a stop for visitors to and from Yosemite National Park. In the mid-1990s, GCSD donated land to the Museum / Library complex, which was built entirely with local donations. The Museum / Library is operated by the County and the Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society (STCHS). The lower area of ​​the park was the original roundness and foundry of the Hetch Hetchy railway. In the early 90s, a small stage and cafeteria were built at the west end of the lower park.

The lower park was used for many years at various local events and, in 2004-05, a wave of community spirit financed the development of the lower park. The grass was planted in about 1/3 of the park area and a large concert stage was donated, in addition to seats in the stands. In 2007, the Groveland Rotary Club built a large barbecue next to the cafeteria. Also in 2007, the $ 250,000 skate park was built after more than 5 years of fundraising and volunteers who actually built it. Then came the basketball court in 2008. The County Youth Center recently moved from its location on Ferretti Road to a new building financed by a donation from HUD. The latest improvements in the lower park are likely to be grass for the area around the basketball court and skateboard. In 2009, the District used the Baseline teams to follow a trail that begins in the lower park and goes north about 1.6 km to the District's baseball field, and from there goes west and south back to park. When completed, this test will have excellent bird watching.

During our event season, accommodation in Groveland fills up quickly. If you plan to join us for one of the fun festivities, don't wait to make your reservation!

The park hosts annual events and festivals such as the & # 39; 49er Festival and the Chili Cook-Off, always held on the third Saturday in September, the Where the hell is Groveland Car Show, Quilt Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Santa & # 39; s Visits and apple swinging on Halloween and Summer Jazz Festival Day and more. On warm summer nights on Saturday, the park becomes a cinema with family performances, sponsored by the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce. Add an occasional flea market on the first Saturday of each month, from May to October and music events, and you will find that our small park is a great asset for the community and travelers.