It's hard to believe that it has been fewer than two dozen years that the Gardnerville Ranchos dedicated its first public patch of green, a tiny yard for the town offices with a bench.
Dedicated in 1989, that small patch of green led to another, and then to another. Next week, the Gardnerville Ranchos will dedicate its first fishing pond, which has already seen some angling action.
The two-acre pond is already being called one of Carson Valley's most diverse fisheries, with three kinds of trout planted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Dedication of the pond, located at Mitch Drive Park, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Douglas County's largest community is pulling itself up by its own bootstraps, something that our pioneer forefathers would appreciate.
While the economy caused the Ranchos to slow its growth, it's done nothing to reduce its heart, and the opening of the Mitch Drive Park fishing pond is testament to that spirit.
So here's to the big pond that will become one of Douglas County's newest destinations.
Congratulations to the Gardnerville Ranchos. May the fishing always be good.