Although many opportunities exist for older folks, we have NO park for our youngsters. Our young people need a place to call their own for healthy relaxation and exercise and to keep the older ones out of trouble!
Our first donation came in a couple of hours after we went active! Our community wants, needs, and deserves a proper playground for our children, older and younger!
The kids of all ages and abilities in Pollock Pines need a place to call their own! A place for the littles... and a place for the not so little!
CEDAPP, the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines, born in 2007, was initiated due to the impoverished condition of this unincorporated community of El Dorado County, California - Pollock Pines. We immediately applied for and received a 501 ( c ) 3 status. When the community was consulted for input, the first priority that the community named was to provide activities and recreation for the youth of the community. There was no community park. There was and still is no recreational area for kids to hang out and have a good time. Being a community of 6905 people of low to low average median household income with around 1400 youngsters including disabled, school aged, preschoolers, home schooled and homeless kids, Pollock Pines, AKA Nature’s Wonderland, is deprived of healthy and safe outdoor recreational activities within an already purchased parcel of land designated by the county for Pollock Pines as their park.
Becoming involved with the El Dorado County (EDC) Parks and Recreation department was the first mission that CEDAPP took on 14 years ago…to build a park. To this day, CEDAPP is the only service organization to have done so; it remains the conduit between our community and the County. In 2015, the County purchased a 13.5-acre piece of property from another governmental entity for Pollock Pines. It is located directly across the street from Forebay Lake and therefore has the name Forebay Community Park. The location is breathtakingly beautiful, although at this time overgrown with brush and trees which CEDAPP has participated in lessening twice. However, from that day until this, there have been no additions to the area. Last year, the Director of EDC Parks and Recreation was extremely excited about an $8 million recreation grant from the state for low income, impoverished communities. We recently learned that our community did not get it or any part of it. Today, many community folks are able and willing and raring to raise money and enhance the park so "they" (the children) can come.
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