Johnson Park is currently open 1PM - 7PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, doors unlocked at the North Entrance (across from the bus barn). This schedule is maintained because the Computer Center opens at 1PM, and Art Group and Yoga Group use the Cafeteria (DeWitt Barr Room) during this period. These groups close the outer doors when their group activities are over.
Also, because one of the building's office renters is so often on property, the building is usually opening from late morning to dusk, at the West Entrance. But there is not guarantee of the building being open at that time, just a likelihood.
The library is not yet open to the public, though the Hallway Paperback Exchange is available whenever the doors are open.
Exercise Room Usage
The Exercise Room is open, free to all local residents provided each user's signing of a liability waiver. The Exercise Room is not attended. It is locked. After signing the waiver, the permitted user will be given the code for the lock. This code opens only the Exercise Room. Access to the building must be made during normal business hours, or by special privilege associated with park sponsorship (see below).
If you turn on the heater, please deposit a dollar (or more!) in the Heating Fund Depository. And, of course, turn down the heater to 55 before you leave.
DeWitt Barr Room
The cafeteria is open for group activities of several types.
- Community Group Events: These are community activities of a non-profit nature, pre-approved and regularly scheduled in nature. They must be open to the general public (no exclusive clubs!). The only charge for these events is a requested donation of one dollar per person to the Heating Fund.
- Park-Hosted Events: From time to time the park will host events. At these occasions no fees will pertain, and we will not even push the Heating Fund dollar request.
- Private Functions: Private groups, such as families and clubs, etc., may rent the room (and the kitchen) for $50 per event. If the private group has a member who is a Park Sponsor, then the price is $25 per event.
Our kitchen, next to the cafeteria, is on its way to be a commercial kitchen. It may be used as part of functions in the DeWitt Barr Room (see above), or rented special, for commercial kitchen usages, at $8.00 per hour ($4/hr for park sponsors).
- The kitchen includes, at present:
- a large oven with steel stove-top
- a huge bread/pizza oven
- a central preparation table
- a preparation sink
- a pantry
- a refrigerator
- counter-top for preparations
- a pantry
- a serving area to the cafeteria, with privacy partition
- a dish-cleaning room (with three sinks or sink-plus-dishwasher, to come)
Gymnasium and Theatrical Stage
The gym features bleachers and a three-quarters size basketball court, as well as a stage, for sporting events, bastketball, volleyball, etc., as well as concerts and theatrics.
Special arrangements have been made with the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District to use the gym during the winter months. Local residents may use the court for basketball and exercise, etc. Once again, we ask a dollar per person per use for our Heating Fund. Imagine how much it costs to heat a gymnasium. That's one big room!
Park sponsors, on the other hand, can forgo the buck/event charge, especially if they don't turn on the heat. Flex your muscles! Heat up internally! (It is requested, however, that if the heat is turned on, keep the doors closed! Too often gym users turn the heat on and then keep the doors open!!!)
Once again, any group may rent the room for special occasions, $50/event ($25 if park sponsor).
The purpose for renting the room in advance is to ensure that there are no other usual users in the gym at that time.
Yes, hallways! At present they are not heated. Their chief function is to get from one room to the other, including the restrooms. Kids: no running of bouncing of balls in the halls! But that doesn't mean they don't have exercise functions. Indeed, a number of locals use the hallways as safe-from-rain walkways, for exercise. Maps of the halls, including information on the number of "laps" needed to walk a mile, etc., are available.
We also have special, local-interest presentations on the hallway's walls. Come visit!
Rooms for Rent
The park building (former “Rosburg School”) would not be open to the public were it not for the fact that several rooms are rented out. These rented rooms include one open for public use (Wahkiakum County's Health Department), and several for private use. At present we have two smaller offices available for rent at $100 and $125 each (the second has a nice little private restroom) per month. Please write Johnson Park, PO Box 15, Rosburg, WA 98643, for more information. The rents we collect for these rooms provide the funds to pay our utility bills! And each room is responsible for its own heat, so our private renters save the building for the future. This is an absolutely integral function of the park until
- somebody bequeaths the park a sizable fortune for upkeep and repair
- the local citizenry votes in a tax to support the park.
I can tell you, everyone associated with Johnson Park is excited about continuing to provide a public service without increasing our taxes. Really, we are!
We of course would also be excited if someone would donate a fortune to the park, too!
Parking is available by the North Entrance and West Entrance. Please, however, do not park in front of the doors, as these are emergency exits, and needed in case of fire or ambulance. Also, do not park in the open space between the cafeteria and the outside basketball court, for the same reason. And of course, park in the assigned Handicapped Parking only if you have the legal permission to do so, and the permit prominently displayed, as required by law.
There is also parking by the field on the opposite side of the parking lot. One section is marked for Park-n-ride parking, for the local bus.
And, of course, please do not park in front of the bus barn doors, or directly in front of the fire hydrants in the field.
Outside Grounds and Baseball Park
The baseball park and adjacent fields (north and west of the parking lot and driveway) are available for everyday use by anyone who cares to come up, dawn till dusk. The grounds are flat, grassy, and our volunteers keep them relatively well maintained. (Yes, that's volunteers. No one is getting paid to mow the grass. And that's a lot of grass. So thank Dale next time you see him!)
For big events rather than spontaneous ones — you know, the kind with a schedule and notices and the like — private groups must register and pay a $50 usage fee ($25 if park sponsors). This is, in part, to make sure your group can honestly exclude others from it. This is a public park, so private uses require offsetting fees.
PeeWee Baseball/Teeball has been a park-sponsored series of events, and has not required fees.
But remember, this is a public park, and the public is welcome, dawn till dusk. Come up to play frisbee, walk around the perimeter, explore the woods. Just treat the park with respect, don't disobey the law, and remember, no drinking of alcohol or shooting of firearms on the property! Also, no campfires, no explosives, no fireworks (sorry about that), and no political rallies. (Okay, if you want to do politics here, you have to pay a fee.)
Now That You Know All This — Why Not Become a Park Sponsor?