Local father spearheads five-way picnic table donation to Burney’s Bailey Park

BURNEY, Calif., — A recent five-way donation by Intermountain area businesses and organizations saw Burney’s Bailey Park receiving five brand new, heavy duty picnic tables, hearty enough to last many years to come. The donations, which were spearheaded by life-long local Zac Harper, were delivered to the park and placed into positions throughout the large, tree-studded location Tuesday morning.


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It all started when Zac, who is employed by Burney Forest Products, saw a need for the park’s sole picnic table inside the fenced toddler area to be replaced, Tri County Community Network has since explained. The existing table had been heavily damaged and shattered several years earlier when a large tree came crashing down on it during a heavy winter storm and had remained at the park in its broken condition ever since

Packway Materials, which participated in the five-way table donation to Bailey Park in Burney, sent employees and resources to remove a no longer usable picnic table left damaged beyond use years ago and to deliver and place five new heavy duty and weather resistant tables. Tri County Community Network photo

Wanting to help beautify his community and the park where he brings his own young children to play, Zac approached his employer, informally at first, and asked if they would be interested in donating a replacement picnic table to the park. After that, he then expanded his goal and went on to ask four other local community agencies and organizations if they would be interested in donating tables as well.

In all, Zac sought table donations from Burney Forest Products, Shasta Green Inc., Dicalite Minerals Corp., Packway Materials Inc., and Word of Life Assembly; all of which graciously agreed to participate in the five-way donation. 

Packway Materials Inc. also donated their time and equipment to haul away the broken table and place all the new ones around the park, where families can enjoy them for years to come.

The five donated tables were placed throughout the park and will be available for children and families to use and enjoy for many years. Tri County Community Network photo

After learning of the donations, SCNS’s own ‘From the Bleachers’ columnist Ron Mosher called the entire process “very impressive at all levels.”

“This community is so much better with young people like Zac, who grew up here and is proud to help his town,” Ron enthused. “We actually have a lot of these ‘young’ people who’ve stayed around and are making this area a better place for all of us.”

Kristin Ray Barber, who served on the Bailey Park committee while it was being built also thanked Zac and all those who donated or participated, saying she appreciates the communities’ involvement in keeping the popular and well-attended park a safe, fun and inviting place for kids and families to enjoy. 

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“We are SO thankful to all five agencies, Packway Materials for their donated resources and Zac Harper for his determination and vision,” TCCN has since said; adding, “It sure takes a village to keep our community beautiful!”

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.