Steve Edmonds has been a supporter of Park Hall both as a Trustee since December of 2013 and as a volunteer for Mountain Community Theater in which Steve has designed, purchased, installed, and maintained the sound system at Park Hall for over two decades. We will very much miss Steve’s calming and collected participation on the Trust. And for those of us that call Steve a friend we will miss his smiling face and his many “Arrrs” as a Pirate at any SLV event.
Park Hall has been in a state of off-line since the March 2020 shelter in place orders. It has been a difficult year for many, and for Park Hall, a building that has served the public of Ben Lomond and the San Lorenzo Valley for 97 years, the hall has been mostly quiet.
Currently we have no paid staff nor janitorial service. We have three regular tenets which provide some income: Where the Fir Flies (dog grooming), Mill Street Hairquarters (hair salon), and Mountain Community Theater’s office.
Traditionally the majority of our income is the rental of the large room/performance space, but since March 2020 there has been no use of this space.
What we keep spending on: Gas/Electric/Water Utilities and Insurance. And the biggest regular expenses during the winter is keeping the building warm enough not to damage equipment and the water which services hair salon and dog groomers.
Last night (2021-01-12) we held our monthly Trustee meeting to go over any outstanding issues and review our current financials. We have an open governance policy so our Meeting Minutes and Budget are public, feel free to have a gander 2021 January Agenda & Notes.
We look forward to hosting events and the wonderful theater work coming back to Park Hall this year.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out.
Lyle Troxell, Park Hall Trustee
My email is the preferred way to reach me, but you can text or call my mobile 831-419-9659
On October 23rd the Park Hall Trustees met with Sheila to handle some business:
Redwoods, Resorts and Real Estate
Sunday, October 4th, 2016 at 7:00 PM – FREE Event
Ben Lomond, CA: The Trustees of Park Hall in Ben Lomond, invite one and all to join us for a look at how the San Lorenzo Valley became what it is today. A community filled with riches—in the form of Redwoods, Resorts, and Real Estate. Our speaker for the evening is Ronnie Trubeck. This community-wide event is open to everyone and sponsored by the Park Hall Trust.
The event is FREE and takes place at 7:00 PM at Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Concessions will include desserts, coffee, and wine.
Park Hall has a rich history; it was established by the Brooks family as a public trust in 1923, for the residents of Ben Lomond. All residents that live within 1.5 miles of Park Hall are part owners of the hall. It is also home to Little People’s Repertory Theater and Mountain Community Theater.
About Ronnie Trubeck
Ronnie has been a prominent Realtor in the San Lorenzo Valley for 25 years. Ronnie has always been passionate about history and after moving to the valley of the Redwoods she became enchanted with the dynamic and evolving San Lorenzo Valley history. Ronnie has served on the Board of Directors for the San Lorenzo Valley Museum for three years.
New Rental Rates
At tonight’s meeting we voted on new rental rates to better align our rates with those of similar venues in Santa Cruz county. We are still an amazing bargain with discounts for non-profits, SLV residents, and a 20% discount for the owners of the hall: the residents of Ben Lomond.
We will hold a Park Hall Trustee meeting at 7pm on July 21st. Members of the public esp residents of Ben Lomond, are welcome to attend.
The remarkable career and revolutionary private life of feminist dancer Isadora Duncan will be highlighted in a performance by Duncan expert Lois Flood on Sunday, January 19, 7pm at Park Hall, 9400 Mill Blvd., Ben Lomond, http://parkhall.benlomond.org/. The performance features segments of fascinating historical narration followed by authentic dancing by Flood wearing a variety of gold, orange and white tunics with the iconic scarves that Isadora used as a dance partner, with readings by guest poet Marjorie Lynne Wagner.
Duncan is considered an icon of women seeking equality and freedom as she rejected the cultural and legal restrictions placed on women in the early 1900’s, suffered many tragedies in her life, and inspired thousands of people with her dancing. Hundreds of families brought their daughters to her dance schools in the US, Europe and even Communist Russia.
Presented by the Valley Women’s Club’s Women’s Issues Committee, www.valleywomensclub.com, the program is free and suitable for all ages. History buffs, dance lovers and those concerned with women’s issues will all enjoy the program. Refreshments will be served. For information call Nancy at 338-6578.
Tonight (December 10th 2013) we held a Ben Lomond community meeting at Park Hall.
In attendance we had four Ben Lomond Residents:
- Gil Sanchez
- Denise Gorham
- Janinne Chadwick
- Lyle Troxell (myself) – existing Park Hall Trustee
And three local community members:
- Steve Edmonds
- Cecilia Kelly
- Ann Scott – existing Park Hall Trustee
This being a meeting of Ben Lomond Residence posted in three propionate locations around Ben Lomond at least 10 days prior to the meeting made it an official meeting where the citizens can vote in members of the trust.
Recently Karen Scarborough resigned her Trust position, this left four Trustees: Ann Scott, Dick Mills, Lyle Troxell, and Cathy Smith.
The attending Ben Lomond citizens made an acclimation that the following three people be added as trustees for the Park Hall Trust:
- Gil Sanchez
- Denise Gorham
- Steve Edmonds
As of this evening the official Trustees of Park Hall are: Ann Scott, Dick Mills, Cathy Smith, Lyle Troxell, Gil Sanchez, Denise Gorham, and Steve Edmonds.
I feel grateful that people from my community are willing and able to volunteer their time and energy to making our community better by improving and making available the wonderful resource of Park Hall.
After the new trustees were welcomed we held a Park Hall Trustee meeting, meeting minutes available in the governance documents.
In 1923 the Park Hall Trust was formed – on December 10th 2013 we will hold an election. If you live in Ben Lomond, join us.
“The above described property is conveyed to the parties of the second part to be held in trust for the citizens of Ben Lomond, California, and is to be used for the benefit of the community of Ben Lomond, California.”
The Park Hall Trustees currently are: Ann Scott, Richard Mills, Cathy Smith, Karen Scarborough, and Lyle Troxell. Karen Scarborough is resigning. And the Trust clearly states….
“The Said Trustees above named, and their successors, receive and accept this conveyance with the understanding that the said above described property shall be used for the best interests and benefit of the community of Ben Lomond, and with the further covenant upon their part that in the matter of the use or the sale, or other disposition of said property, they will be controlled by a majority vote of the citizens of said Ben Lomond, present and voting at a town meeting duly called by posting notices in three prominent places in said Town, ten days before the holding of any such meeting. At any such meeting said citizens of Ben Lomond may, by a majority vote, name a successor to any Trustee who may have died or resigned, and may also authorize, direct and compel the sale or other disposition of said property, or any part thereof. By “citizens of Ben Lomond” is meant any and all persons residing or owning property within a radius of 1-1/2 miles of the herein above described property.”
On December 10th at 6:30pm we will gather at Park Hall in Ben Lomond (right next to the market) and vote a new Trustee to help run and take care of the Park Hall Community Center. Do you know of a good candidate? Do you have some input? Please participate.
Your feedback is welcomed,
BTW: The full Trust can be found at: http://parkhall.benlomond.org/media/2012/07/ParkHall_Deed_and_Trust.pdf