An emergency town hall meeting will be held at Angelo’s Hall in Columbia on Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm to discuss the immediate future of Columbia State Historic Park.
The Event Coordinator for Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce, Leslie Davis, was Wednesday’s KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".
The future of Columbia State Historic Park has concerned both business owners and residents, within the past couple of weeks.
First, Forever Resorts announced that they will close the Fallon House Theater, Fallon Ice Cream Parlor, Fallon Hotel, Columbia City Hotel, City Hotel Restaurant, Jenny Lind Restaurant, Angelo’s Hall and the What Cheer Saloon on Sunday June 21st. Thirty to forty people would lose their jobs if this happens.
Second, Governor Schwarzenegger in his latest budget has proposed closing 220 State Parks, including Columbia, after this Labor Day.
Forever Resorts makes up about a third of the businesses that belong to the Columbia Chamber.
According to Davis, even if the State Park itself is closed, traditional annual events would still be held in downtown Columbia.
"Columbia is a living town, it’s not just a State Park," Davis said. "There are people who live there and there are businesses that function there. We would continue to hold events at the Park."
The "Glorious Fourth of July Celebration" is the next major event that is scheduled to take place inside of the State Park. Davis estimates the annual crowd size to be between five thousand and six thousand people each Fourth of July. The Columbia Chamber traditionally puts on a tri-tip barbecue dinner on main street beginning at 4pm.
A complete list of activities and events in Columbia can be found at www.columbiacalifornia.com
The Newsmaker of the Day is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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