Paso Robles is getting closer to having fireworks this Fourth of July thanks to the efforts of a group of locals who are raising the money to fund the event.
The Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday decided the community’s private Fourth of July fireworks show at Barney Schwartz Park might not fizzle out like last year.
A private three-person committee raised about $61,000 as of Wednesday and continues to seek more money, organizer Sally Reynolds said.
“The show must go on,” she said. “We will be campaigning hard in the upcoming days.”
City officials estimate the event, which attracts about 15,000 people each year, costs around $78,000 to put on the show, which isn’t hosted by the city. The city can’t help financially because of shortfalls to its general fund, as was the case in 2009 and 2010.
Tuesday’s council approval authorizes the show’s organizers to continue the pursuit of funds. It also confirms an understanding that the cost of any city staff time allocated to the event will be reimbursed by the fireworks group, public works director Doug Monn said.
The committee hopes to replace all paid positions from prior years with volunteers this year, Reynolds said.
Those interested in volunteering will receive a T-shirt and lunch for their work.
The group also plans to develop a website for donations and pledges now that the council has given its OK to proceed.
The fireworks event had similar financial troubles in 2009 and 2010, which led to a canceled show in 2010.
In 2009, the community raised enough money at the last minute.
Those looking to donate or volunteer can contact Reynolds at 237-8524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.