A New Beginning in Bayside


BAYSIDE CORNERS Signaling upcoming community improvements and a call for volunteers, last week Clarence Puller’s Handyman Service crew installed the Bayside Corners banner provided by Pip Printing, Downey, Calif. Submitted photo

BAYSIDE CORNERS Signaling upcoming community improvements and a call for volunteers, last week Clarence Puller’s Handyman Service crew installed the Bayside Corners banner provided by Pip Printing, Downey, Calif. Submitted photo

BAYSIDE – Bouncing back from COVID, Bayside Corners is reactivating with a call for volunteers. While grant proposals are pending, volunteers and in-kind materials and services are needed to repair and restore the 1882 Temperance Hall and beautification and improvement projects at the corner of Old Arcata and Jacoby Creek roads.

According to Bayside Corners President Maggie Gainer, “with the gradual deterioration of Bayside’s historic center, many residents and motorists speeding through can’t even visualize that it can be more attractive – providing a sense of entry into an historic district.”

“Our small nonprofit aims to make the improvements needed to beautify Bayside’s central space with the county’s mangled chain link fence, weeds, and drainage ditches,” Gainer said.

Mistwood Educational Center, the school that has used the historic building for many years, has become a helpful partner with fundraising for repairs, restoration and beautification. Bayside Corners urges community members to join and support the project.

Working with a landscape architect, Bayside Corners will soon invite Bayside residents to join a brainstorm process with their ideas – trees, shrubs, picnic tables and benches, pollinator patches, improve drainage, etc. – to envision a more useful and attractive space. It has been a longstanding tradition in Bayside for residents to pull together for community improvements.

Donations of supplies, expertise, financial contributions and volunteer time are needed. To learn more and get involved, email baysidecorners@gmail.com.

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