Mt Shasta, California Mountain Runners - Fourth of July Fun, Run, Walk

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Mount Shasta Fourth of July
Parker Plaza


Artist Nadine Aiello Rendering of the New Parker Plaza

In 2010, Mountain Runners was approached with an opportunity to purchase a vacant lot on Mount Shasta Blvd. With the help of other generous donors in the community, Mountain Runners was able to acquire the property from proceeds generated by the annual Mount Shasta 4th of July Fun Walk/Run.


In 2011, a committee of local community members was formed to develop an appropriate design for the property that would enhance the downtown area. The committee proposed an open plaza that would provide a pleasant relaxed setting and could also serve as a location for community events.


In the fall of 2012, work started on the actual construction of the plaza. Mountain Runners covered the cost of basic construction and infrastructure with proceeds from the 4th of July Fun Walk/Run. As the project progressed, additional fundraising efforts were established in the community to provide other amenities for the plaza such as a fountain, granite furniture, and a rock sitting wall.


In early 2013, the Mountain Runners Board of Directors voted to dedicate the plaza to Dr. Jim Parker based on input from the community. Dr. Parker is one of the original founders of the Mount Shasta 4th of July Fun Walk/Run and served as Race Director for 33 years until stepping down in 2012 due to health issues. Dr. Parker is also the inspiration behind the creation of the plaza.


Mountain Runners would like to acknowledge the following people whose generous donations helped make purchase of the plaza property possible:

  • Susie Boyd

  • Nancy Driscoll

  • Gerald Mapes

  • Joe and Michael Wirth

  • Chris and Greg Messer

  • Belinda Higuera/Berryvale Grocery

  • Tina and Angelo Banos

  • Mark and Ellen Coleman

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