Our Accomplishments and What We are Working on

Some of our accomplishments:

  • Held four successful clean-up days to help preserve the lake and protect the wildlife
  • Constructed a Mary Lake community bulletin board where community residents (as well as Friends of Mary Lake) can post informational items
  • Became a Federal and State recognized 501c non-profit organization. 
  • Held four Spring Flings – a community festival with activities, food, and drink for members and neighbors to experience the park and meet with like-minded individuals. One activity was the planting of native willows and oaks that were sprouted from acorns found at Mary Lake Park
  • Worked with local Boy Scouts to build and install six bat houses to help the native population of bats
  • Helped the native wood duck population during their breeding season by building and installing four wood duck houses
  • Completed the design and installation of three Interpretive Exhibits on the topics of History of Mary Lake, Birds of Mary Lake, and Wildlife of Mary Lake
  • Completed a major planting of 40 valley and blue oaks along Lakeside Drive.  We are using temporary water reservoirs with each plant to improve their ability to survive Redding's summers.  These reservoirs will be removed when the plants are healthy.

What we are working on now and Future plans: 

  • Working on completing the Interpretive Exhibit project with a fourth display on the Flora of Mary Lake
  • Helping Mary Lake Park participate in the Re-Oak Redding project
  • Working with the City of Redding towards clearing and replanting Mary Lake Park following the Carr Fire
  • Researching our options for buying water from outside sources