Woodlake’s facelift nearing completion


In 2016, the City of Woodlake is on track to complete an ambitious beautification upgrade of its downtown that is already attracting new business to the town center. In the next few weeks a Rite Aid store will open its doors. Add that new source of tax revenue to the nearly $2 million in state transportation enhancement funding that the City has parlayed into a new transit center, curbing, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and a round-about for the busy and former four-way stop at the intersection of Valencia and Naranjo (state highways 245 and 216, respectively).

Lest we forget Woodlake’s colorful history amidst all these changes, in October the local Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus dedicated a new plaque at Woodlake’s Miller Brown Park. The dedication ceremony was officiated by Bill Horst, ECV chapter historian, and Angel Sandoval, current “Humbug.”

Since 1974, the local ECV chapter has placed 42 plaques in and around Tulare County, documenting tidbits of local history.

Adding to the festive mood in Woodlake these days, construction should commence this month on a new Woodlake City Plaza. And on Saturday, Feb. 27, the new Woodlake Valley Cultural Museum, at 140 N. Magnolia St., will celebrate its grand opening.

But that’s not all: A planning committee recently formed to organize a “We Are Woodlake” citywide celebration, with a multitude of events (and fundraising opportunities) scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23 to 25. 

The community, of which Three Rivers is a part due to its affiliation with the high school, will be celebrating the City of Woodlake’s 75th anniversary and Woodlake Union High School’s 100th anniversary (based on the school’s first graduating class in June 1917). 

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