I asked Doug Ose for an update on Gibson Ranch Park last week and here is his reply, which makes it clear the park is fulfilling the promise we saw in the transfer to forprofit management, and the opening comment about dealing with the illegal transient issue is so true.
Mr. Ose’s response.
“We’ve dealt so far successfully with illegal transient residency at the eastern edges of Dry Creek. It takes a sustained effort.
“Gibson Ranch (GR) is doing much better. Last year we had over 100,000 visitors. The park is open every day, has clean bathrooms, is regularly maintained, and is a safe place. We have worked effectively with the County Parks Department to refine our program offerings to address consumer demand from the public. We’ve grown the equestrian operation by 25% since October 1, 2012. We’ve established a children’s entertainment area for birthday parties and pony rides and just plain old fashioned fun. In response to interest in the community we have organized a monthly yard sale (first Saturday of each month). We continue having fun runs, picnics, weddings, barbecues, reunions, corporate annual picnics, Civil War Days (first weekend of May), Girl Scout events, Boy Scout camporees, etc etc. We have rejuvenated the livestock operation (cattle and chickens and sheep) that you see on a working ranch. We are currently developing a garden area that recycles our horse manure for long term soil enhancement. We created an enclosed dog park. We’ve been working with Sac Metro Fire to reduce fire fuel and risk that has built up over the last two decades along Dry Creek. We have worked cooperatively with the nearby Cherry Island soccer facility to provide playing fields for regional tournaments. We’ve done all of the above without using taxpayer funds; not a bad record overall. Our annual revenue now exceeds $400,000 though we are not yet profitable. We continue to try new things, and we continue to have some successes and some failures. We spend each day trying to make things better.”