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Attendees at the Sept. 25 “Town Coffee” just about fill up the available inside seating at the Coffee Station in Chester as they discuss the possibilities of developing a Town Activity Plaza. The idea is to create a hub for activities and events in a centralized area in town. Several committees were formed to develop ideas regarding location, funding, activities and facility maintenance. Additional Town Coffee sessions will be coming in the near future and the public is encouraged to attend. Photos by Gregg Scott

Town Coffee talks about possible Activity Plaza

On the morning of Sept. 25, about a dozen Lake Almanor residents representing several different community groups sat down over some coffee and pastries at the Coffee Station to discuss the possibilities of creating a Town Activity Plaza in Chester.

The Town Coffees, sponsored by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce (LAACC), are designed to bring community members together and “brainstorm” new ideas that could have a positive impact on the economic and quality of living aspects of the Lake Almanor Basin.

At a recent LAACC dinner the general membership indicated that the idea of a town plaza for year-round activities would be a nice addition for local residents as well as visitors in the area.

Some of the suggestions regarding usage included being a gateway location for nature trail walks and cross country skiing on the Collins Pine Trail, an ice rink, a community fire ring (fireplace), a climbing wall, open air venue for performances and special events.

There were several possible locations discussed including the existing Chester Park. The pros and cons of the different locations led the group to form an exploratory committee to help determine the best location.

Other attendees volunteered to research funding possibilities and another group to look into the potential for additional activities that may be available.

The Chamber would appreciate more ideas from the community and encourages anyone interested in the idea of an Activity Plaza to contact the Chamber office at 258-2426 or by e-mail at  lakealmanorarea@gmail.com.

The community is also welcome and encouraged to attend the next Town Coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Coffee Station. Please come and share your ideas in person.

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