Welcome to the website for people who appreciate and support the wonderful city parks of Mt. Shasta in far northern California.

Friends of the Parks Mt. Shasta is also the “Yes on Measure V”  and the”Yes on Measure P” Committee, a grass roots group of volunteers formed to support the ballot measures that aim provide funds to repair, renovate, enhance and expand the Mt. Shasta parks and youth sports fields.

The first initiative titled Measure P was on the Nov. 2018 ballot. It failed to get the requisite 2/3 approval by a narrow margin.  Measure P got 65.03% (when it needed 66.67% to pass).

Measure V is the follow-up initiative that will be included in the March 26th, 2019 special election.  It’s pretty much the same initiative designed to fund the huge infrastructure repairs that are absolutely essential for our Mt. Shasta parks and sports fields.  But with one major change – seniors (age 65 and above) will now be able to get a 100% exemption for their home property. The one comment we heard lots during last fall’s campaign was how hard it would be for fixed-income seniors to pay this property assessment. So the committee added a program for a total exemption. Seniors can simply apply, confirm age and primary residence, and they’ll get not just a discount, but a total lifetime exemption for their home.

You’ll find information here on the Measure V ballot measure, as well as lots of ways you can support the campaign and help spread the word.  We welcome your feedback, photos, stories and enthusiasm.

What is Measure V?

Measure V (formerly known as Measure P) is local property assessment proposal on the March 26,  2019 ballot in the Mt. Shasta community.  It proposes a modest parcel tax that will be used to provide much needed repairs and improvements to community’s parks.

Our parks and sports fields help make the Mt. Shasta area an even greater place to live.  We all use them for family events, concerts, sports, and as places to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

The City Park was originally built in the 1920’s as a summer school for Chico State college. The buildings are nearly 100 years old, and the original septic system is on the brink of failure that could force closure of the whole park. It will cost nearly $1MM to connect to the city’s sewer line. All buildings need extensive repairs and improvement.

Additional lighting and security equipment are needed at parks and sports fields to ensure the safety of our families and friends. Roads and parking lots need major repairs and expansion.  Our tennis courts at Shastice are no longer usable.

Over the past 45 years, public funding has not kept up with inflation. District revenue, volunteer efforts, fundraising and grant awards have sustained our parks beautifully, but current income cannot provided enough funding for the much-needed repairs, nor can it build new facilities.  It will cost about $5MM to make these critical improvements.

These are not regular maintenance issues.  They address core infrastructure concerns, the kinds of repairs and new construction that become necessary after many decades of use, and in response to new needs in the community.

Can we count on you to join us in support of Measure V?