After dreaming together as a community for two years and working to obtain grant funding for three more years, the Twain Harte Meadows Park (Meadows Park) project is now moving forward! The $2.6 million project is made possible through a combination of grants, including a a $1,202,700 grant through the State Department of Parks and Recreation's Rural Recreation and Tourism Grant Program and a $1.4 million grant through the State Water Resources Control Board’s Stormwater Grant Program, wich funds the larger collaborative $3.75 million Twain Harte Community Stormwater Enhancement Project.
Meadows Park will be located next to Eproson Park in the heart of downtown Twain Harte. The Park will add to the town’s rustic, mountain atmosphere with a natural meadow feel. In addition to serving as an aesthetic reminder of why people choose to live in and visit Twain Harte, its recreation features will be chalk-full of local history and interactive education to remind future generations of the town’s rich cultural background. The Park will be specifically designed with features that gather community together, including:
- Open Space Mountain Meadow: At the center of Meadows Park, this large open space will be a place for families to play and will be surrounded with boulders for children to climb.
- Outdoor Pavilion: A large, rustic lodge pavilion will serve as a beautiful, shaded gathering spot for community events.
- Water Play/Watershed Discovery Lab: A water play area, mimicking a mountain stream will give kids and families a way to cool off, while engaging in hands on learning about where our local water comes from and how water plays an important role in our local ecosystem and everyday lives.
- Picnic/Barbecue Areas: The Park will have one large picnic area for community-sized events and several small picnic areas for family-sized outings.
- Town Christmas Tree: The Park will include a large town Christmas tree that can be lit during the holiday season and create a safe place for community to gather around.
- Outdoor Education/Discovery Labs: The Park will include a variety of interactive learning labs designed to teach residents and visitors of all ages about sustainable water use and healthy plants and soils. The labs will not only teach principles, but show residents how they can simply implement the same practices on their own properties.
Meadows Park will add to the town's rustic charm and improve the lives of its residents, businesses and visitors. The collaborative and innovative nature of the project coupled with the hands-on outdoor learning labs in Meadows Park makes Twain Harte a model and learning center for other communities.
The project is anticipated to break ground later this fall or early in spring 2023 and is expected to be complete in 2024. For more information on all of the proposed recreational features in Meadows Park, check out our Final Conceptual Plan.
A Little History
For those who aren’t familiar with the Twain Harte Meadows Park project, our community has worked together over the last few years to design a new park on a 1 acre parcel located in the center of downtown. The property was generously donated to Twain Harte CSD by a long time resident who had a dream to create a beautiful park area where family and friends could gather to relax, play and enjoy the beauty of our charming mountain community. The new park will have a mountain meadow theme and will include a large meadow, outdoor pavilion, picnic and BBQ areas, local history, water play and learning area, town Christmas tree, Me-Wuk Indian plant garden, and other great features. To learn more about how Twain Harte Meadows Park began and how the the Final Conceptual Plan was developed, please visit our Meadows Park History and Development page.
How to Get Involved
We maintain an email list of community members who want to be involved in this great community opportunity. The list is used to keep people informed about the development process and upcoming community forums. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you might want to be involved.