Foundation Schedules two Wungnema Open Houses:
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, &
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
The Foundation for Carson City Parks & Recreation (FCCPR) is holding its first two Open Houses
of the new year at
the Wungnema House in Mills Park Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 (Presidents' Day Weekend),
from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The
building is accessible by the Park entrance on Saliman Road, opposite the high school.
Admission to the open house is free. This will be an opportunity to learn about this
historic building, about Native American history and culture, and about the Foundation.
Other Open Houses are being planned for later in the year.
The Foundation maintains the historic Wungnema House under a lease from the city.
The historic 1000 square-foot Wungnema House was built in 1948 on what was then the
outskirts of Carson City. Burton Wungnema, with the help of his father Earnest Wungnema
and then pregnant wife Pearl, used the stone from his father's fourteen quarries in
Brunswick Canyon to build this home for his family. This home is representative of
the wonderful mason work done in the churches and homes built by Burton and his
father around Lake Tahoe from 1925 to 1955 and elements reflect the Wungnemas'
Hopi heritage. The family's Hopi pride is reflected in certain features of the
building, including the downstairs fireplace with its Hopi Water Clan symbolism,
which incorporates three semicircular stones (representing clouds) with rain falling
below and two lightning bolts above.
Founded in 2015, the Foundation is a non-profit member-driven 501(c)(3) organization
created for charitable and educational purposes related to parks and recreation in
Carson City. It is dedicated to bringing together members of the Carson City community
to encourage and enable public support for the continuing enhancement of Carson City's
parks and recreational facilities.
The Foundation provides an umbrella under which various organizations and citizens
can come together to explore innovative ways to promote and facilitate their activities.
It assists organizations with similar goals to promote and meet Foundation's fiduciary
objectives to help manage and protect monies raised by members for their projects.
Currently the Foundation is providing assistance to projects for the restoration of
missing headstones in Lone Mountain Cemetery, for improvements at the ladies' gun range,
for development of a disc golf course on Flint Dr., and for maintenance and improvements
to tennis courts in city parks.
The Foundation welcomes new members and is interested in individuals who can assist
with fundraising, newsletter, publicity, special events, recruitment, and park
clean up. Annual membership is $25.00. For further information, call David Bugli
at 775-883-4154 or visit the website http://CarsonCityParks.org.
Other Open House Dates:
Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2017, (Memorial Day Weekend) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 18, 2017, (Fathers Day and end of Epic Rides event) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at around 6:00 p.m. (at end of FCCPR Awards Ceremony)
Pictured: photo: Wungnema House in the snow, as seen from the northeast.