Nonprofit struggles to keep permit for Oildale lot use
Operation Soul Winner can't pay the hefty fee
Last Updated: 51 days ago
OILDALE, Calif. - A dirt field in Oildale that a faith based group transformed into a community park is in danger of being shut down.
Operation Soul Winner has been using the lot at the corner of Beardsley and South Oildale drive for the last three years.
The group has hosted numerous events including, backpack giveaways, Easter and Christmas programs as well as a bi-monthly Friday night event for kids.
The organizer, Ray Ballard, says their conditional-use permit for the land had expired.
"We are a nonprofit group that wants to make a positive impact on the community of Oildale," said Ballard.
Ballard knew the permit was about to expire, but was caught off-guard with the amount he was told that would cost to renew the permit.
"Three years ago we paid several thousand dollars for the permit and processing fees. Now we were told it will cost $3,900 to renew," said Ballard
Many residence in the area are grateful for the ministry and the transformation they made to the field as well as the community.
"This just use to be a dirt field where you could find trash and drug needles, now it's a place that we go to with our kids," said Cindy Davidson.
Log onto www.operationsoulwinner.org for more information or call 661-348-1002.
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