ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA – On Tuesday, September 26, at 6:00 pm, the City Council will consider an agreement with the 5-Cities Community Service Foundation to establish a framework for the future consideration of the use and disposition of the 29-acre Camp Arroyo Grande property, recently purchased by the Foundation.
The site has a long tradition in the City, it has been used for youth camps for decades, and it is the home of the twelve-sided Tabernacle, along with camp recreational facilities. If adopted, the agreement will allow the City and the Foundation to dialog with the community, analyze new opportunities and develop for future consideration a sustainable recreation and public use plan for this important site next to the Village.
The agreement will help form a public-private partnership to establish a long term plan for the site for future generations. The City and the Foundation are currently in a public-private partnership for a property at 400 W. Branch Street and may consider reevaluating both properties to determine new options and opportunities for the community’s benefit. The Foundation was formed by the 5-Cities Men’s Club in 1996 as a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation and has completed many important community projects.
“The City is very thankful for the generosity of the 5-Cities Community Service Foundation in purchasing the property so the community can come together to create a public vision and assess how to sustainably fund the endeavor. We look forward to hearing from the community and the City Council on Tuesday on whether this partnership should go forward,” said Arroyo Grande City Manager Jim Bergman.
James A. Bergman, City Manager