Butte Valley’s Friday Night Festival

Harvest Hoedown

Come on down to the Butte Valley Museum for the Harvest Hoedown!!
Join us for a fun filled evening of hay rides, food vendors, games and movie night!!

Malin Swimming Pool Renovation

It’s official! After what feels like forever, summer is here and with it, the opening of the Malin Pool. Do not be surprised however, if upon attending, you notice some much needed renovations; which are some of the first renovations of the pool since it’s opening in 1948.

Thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Oregon Park and Recreation Department, which covered about half of the total cost of the project, the pool was able to open in time for the summer season.

“Malin pool is the epitome of the summertime nostalgia” Kendra Schroeder, Malin Pool Manager, shared as she expressed the feeling she gets going into her eighth season. What once was a 35 yard pool now houses a nice wading pool for young swimmers as well as a 25 yard standard lap pool.

In order to accomplish the project, it required an entire removal of the old recirculating piping. Creating the wading pool required usage of the old pool deck space, while the previous filtration system was also replaced with all new equipment. The entire project was wrapped up with a new concrete surface surrounding the pool.

An open pool is the goal, however due to COVID-19, there will be some restrictions that have come with it. Malin Pool has made sure that their staff will adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidelines including: all employees wearing masks while on shift, a maximum capacity of 50 swimmers, and COVID tracing. Swimming lessons have also been cancelled; however, there has been an increase in swim camps throughout the summer to teach water safety to kids.

Expect to get your water wings wet daily from 1-5pm and again during the evening swim from 6:30-8pm each night except Sunday. You can also sign up for adult lap swim or even host a private party .

Jaselyn Story, a returning lifeguard, shared that her and her fellow lifeguards came back again this year because she enjoys watching the kids grow up over the years and loves to see who they are becoming. She asks that those who do make their way to the pool this year, come in with a good mindset and always respect the lifeguards.

Though many things have changed in our world and community, the staff of Malin pool stands by their promise to provide fun and safe entertainment for your family throughout the summer.

Broadway Park

The City of Malin has had many improvements around town over the last few years. We have added Christmas lights for the Malin park and better electrical throughout the park, we have added a Veterans Park in the heart of Malin, and even updated our city pool. However the most recent project is the addition of our very own Broadway Park located on the south entrance to Malin.

Patrick Hagerty and the Youth For Christ (YFC) team here in Malin have been working on a park to help provide a welcoming environment as you enter Malin from the south side. This park is anticipated to be finished by the end of September and be home of the latest Malin Mural, painted by Chris Young, showcasing our historic Broadway Theater. This Mural was proudly created by Marilyn Hagerty, Patrick Hagerty, and David DeFillipo in an effort to enhance the Broadway Park.  Youth For Christ has taken on many projects through the years to help enhance and restore buildings and areas in the Basin in order to use our facilities to the best of their abilities.

Broadway Park has a focus on improving an unused area of town, as the perfect place to sit and be rejuvenated. Much like the more recent Veterans Park that was installed between Malin Country Diner and the Malin Farmers Market, The Broadway Park will have a mural that depicts our Broadway Theater and even some patio-like features. However the Broadway Park will contrast the Veterans Park when it comes to the grassy landscape that is the aim. The design of the park will feature grass that will be watered by drip irrigation and will showcase a waterfall feature. “As people come into town from the south we hope that they would see the water and be able to stop for a place to reflect” Hagerty shared while describing what they hope this park will bring to our town of Malin. Other things you can watch for in this park will be a nice picnic area and place to play games like grass volleyball. During the Christmas season YFC hopes to partner with the City of Malin as they light up the city park, Broadway would also be lit up to complement the rest of town.

Just as all things YFC has done in this community and others we anticipate this park to be an incredible addition to the City of Malin. Make sure to keep an eye on this spot throughout the summer. Come this fall you will have the opportunity to enjoy it to its fullest.

Connecting Borders Barn Quilt Trail

Rural Klamath Connects Regional Barn Quilt Trail Project

On May 28th the first in a series of Barn Quilt Blocks was erected in Tulelake,
California at the Tulelake Cold Storage Building owned by Reba and Dennis
VanAcker. Barn quilt blocks are specially designed, hand painted, 8×8-foot
wooden art works that adorn historical barns and buildings.

Rural Klamath Connects, a non-profit group from three Oregon towns, Merrill,
Malin, and Bonanza and two California towns, Tulelake and Dorris—with grant
funding help from The Ford Family Foundation, Travel Oregon, Siskiyou Arts
Council and the Oregon Community Foundation—have collaborated to bring
together area residents, their historic barns and buildings, and their artistic talent
to develop a barn quilt trail connecting the five towns.

The Connecting Border Barn Quilt Trail project, to be completed over three years,
will design and produce a series of 50, eight foot Quilt Blocks that will portray the
culture, history and landscape of these five rural communities in the Southern
Klamath Basin.

Phase 1 of this project will result in a total of ten Barn Quilt Blocks, two per
community. Phase 2 will see an additional 15 blocks, three per community along
with a brochure which will include a trail map. Information will also be integrated
into local, county and state tourism websites. The final goal is for 50 plus Barn
Quilt Blocks.

The commitment of this team is to contribute to the preservation of the region's
rich history and to educate residents and visitors about culture, agriculture,
landscape and natural resources along with the amazing history this region has to
offer.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone knowledgeable about
this project drop in to Tater Patch Quilts, 109 E Front Street, Merrill, OR, 97633
during regular business hours.

Connecting Borders Barn Quilt Trail

Adorns First Historical Building with Barn Quilt

The Rural Klamath Connects is ready to install the first of ten barn quilt blocks that will be completed in 2020 for the long awaited “Connecting Borders Barn Quilt Trail” project. This project, along with others across the nation, celebrates the rich history in our communities with specially designed, hand painted, 8 x 8 foot wooden quilt blocks that adorn historical barns and buildings. The project started in 2015 and has taken a huge effort from volunteers in Tulelake and Dorris, California and Merrill, Malin and Bonanza, Oregon.  The trail unites five unique, rural communities, two states and as the amount of barn quilts increase, will become a tourist destination with vehicle pull outs and multi-media information about the building, quilt and community.  In addition to fundraising, grant writing, locating prospective historical buildings and working with the owners of the building, these volunteers have tirelessly worked to create a barn quilt trail that will attract a wide variety of tourists to our community.

Tulelake City Council woman Penny Velador is delighted that the first barn quilt will be in Tulelake and says, “What I really love about the Barn Quilt Trail is that it adds a touch of beauty for people to stop and take notice of in our towns.  I love this idea!  The Barn Quilts will be our hidden treasures. The effort of the volunteers to bring together the five communities is so appreciated.”

Rural Klamath Connects would like to thank the Siskiyou Arts Council, Travel Oregon, Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation for their financial assistance, along with individual donations of time and resources from the amazing Barn Quilt Trail Team.

The first barn quilt was installed on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Tulelake Cold Storage building in Tulelake, California at 2:00 p.m. (4299 Highway 139). The press and public are invited to share this milestone with the volunteers and community leaders.
This is an outside event, there is plenty of room for social distancing, so please join us in celebrating the unveiling of our first art piece.