Trail Mix for 7/10: Sequoia/Kings Canyon add water refill station

The Fresno BeeJuly 9, 2014 

The first “designated” water bottle refilling station at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is now available at Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park. While the parks have long offered places where water bottles could be refilled, new eco-friendly faucets will be installed in areas at both parks this summer.

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The first of what will be "designated" water bottle refilling stations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is available at Sequoia's Giant Forest Museum, spokeswoman Dana Dierkes said.

Park maintenance and the parks' Green Team are in the process of identifying additional locations, according to Dierkes.

While the parks have long offered places where water containers could be refilled, the new faucets will minimize dripping and encourage people to use fewer disposable plastic bottles — potentially cutting down on litter and waste.

Large bright, blue signs will designate the refilling stations in the parks, with reusable bottles sold at visitors centers and stores.

Events

North Fresno Rotary Run

When: 6 a.m. Saturday

Where: Fig Garden Village (Shaw and Palm avenues)

The Run of the Fig 5K race and 2-mile fun run/walk start at 6:30 and 6:35 a.m. A pancake breakfast and sidewalk sale is set for after the race in the parking lot of Fig Garden Village.

Preregistration is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. Prices increase $5 on race day.

Participants will receive a shirt, goodie bag and pancake breakfast.

All proceeds benefit North Fresno Rotary charities. Preregistration is due today.

Details: www.northfresnorotary.org

REI Garage Sale

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fresno REI, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.

REI will hold another members-only garage sale this weekend for adventurers seeking cheap and discounted gear. The store will hand out numbered wristbands at 4 p.m., with the lottery draw entry starting at 5 p.m. Memberships can be purchased on site for $15. All sales are final.

Details: www.rei.com/fresno

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