Celebrating YLP at 50

As current YLOA and YSPUC Treasurer and longtime resident Mark Zoeller begins in his well-researched history: “On JUNE 30, 1970, Madera County approved Yosemite Lakes Park as a subdivision. This legally began our community, but there is history behind it.”

Indeed, there is now that half a century has passed. From a venture promoting a getaway-in-the-Sierra-foothills lifestyle for the Greatest Generation, YLP has grown and grown into a what is effectively a small city with 5,647-plus souls residing in nearly 1,900 homes spread out over two mountains, with gorgeous views nearly everywhere, offering outdoor recreation and amenities aplenty.

The development known as YLP, operated by the Yosemite Lakes Owners’ Association, hoped to schedule commemoration events this year, but like so many plans laid aside in this extraordinary year, they will have to take place instead when people can safely regather and freely celebrate.

Meanwhile, we’ve created this page to gather video interviews of longtime and former residents who kindly share their memories of YLP’s early years and times with family and friends through the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. We strongly recommend that you read Mark Zoeller’s history as mentioned above. And we will add more photos and resources as they are made available to us well into 2021. After all, we’re now into our second 50 years!

If you have memories or photos to share of your experiences in YLP in its early decades, please contact William Miller.

 

Longtime residents share their memories

Patrick Kennedy

PART ONE

PART TWO

Mary Odell

PART ONE

PART TWO