Manila Park

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A proposal to reopen a campground at Manila (Calif.) Community Park has been put on hold indefinitely, according to the Mad River Union.

The Manila Community Services District Board of Directors voted 4-1, with Sequoyah Faulk-Kellogg dissenting, to table the campground proposal at its Nov. 18 meeting.

The district had operated a small campground on the north side of the park for about 20 years but closed it when the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020. The campground has four spaces, one of which was occupied by a caretaker until earlier this year when she moved out of the area.

This summer, Farrah Davis of Arcata approached the district with a proposal to reopen the campground. She would move her camper to the site, and in return for a free space, she would operate the campground six months out of the year. Three sites would be available for visitors.

The campground has been a source of controversy for years, with residents complaining about dilapidated campers staying longer than they are allowed to and visitors trashing the area.

“It’s been open for 20 years and it’s been a problem for 20 years,” said District Manager Chris Drop.

Last year, the Redwood Community Action Agency held public scoping sessions to determine what kinds of improvements Manila wanted to see at the park. Participants often mentioned that they wanted to close the campground.

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