New museum exhibit shares parks' history

Speakers to highlight EBRPD history at exhibition opening this month

The East Bay Regional Park District is partnering with the Museum of San Ramon Valley in the opening of a new exhibit titled, "Connecting Parks to People, the 80th Anniversary of the East Bay Regional Park District," on May 10.

This exhibit will trace the history of EBRPD in the East Bay, focusing on the Iron Horse Regional Trail and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Preserve. There will be a video, maps, brochures and artifacts displayed.

In addition, speakers will discuss regional park topics every Saturday at 11 a.m. at the museum, located at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville.

May 17: 80 Years of Regional Parks

A history of the EBRPD from one of the Park District's most knowledgeable historians.

* Jerry Kent, former assistant general manager of EBRPD operations

May 24: The Iron Horse Regional Trail – 30 years, 35 miles

Promoters of the trail and members of the original Right of Way Trail Advocates (ROWTA) share the challenges of creating this popular trail.

* Bickford Hooper, first president of ROWTA and avid hiker

* Mary Lou Oliver, former San Ramon mayor, equestrian

* Beverly Lane, EBRPD director, hiker and occasional biker

May 31: The Beginning of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Two people who advocated for Las Trampas as a regional park will share their stories from the 1960s and 1970s.

* Manfred Lindner, chair of the Las Trampas Wilderness Committee

* Sally Germain Goldner, Danville chair to the EBRPD in June 1964


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