The Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park announced today they have reached their goal, raising $65,000 to prevent logging in the park northeast of Oakland.
The money will be matched by county funds to build a campground at the park. Supporters hope the campground will make the park self-supporting.
The park was willed to the county by rancher Mildred Kanipe in 1983, along with a trust fund which has since dwindled. The Douglas County Park Advisory Board recommended the campground be financed by a 20-acre clear-cut at the northernmost edge of the park. In January, commissioners gave the group six months to raise the money, but they reached their goal in less than three months.
Friends Treasurer Midge McGinnis said this morning the group has $65,000 in the bank and is thrilled with its success. “We have done it. We are extremely excited, hopping up and down with joy,” she said.