Wheel Vector
March 16

History of the East Bay Regional Park District

Beverly Lane, retired longtime EBRPD Director,  presented a lively virtual program on the East Bay’s huge Regional Park system. The Regional Parks grew to cover 125,000 acres because leaders saw the need for open space parks and people regularly voted to support these parks – but never without controversy.

East Bay Regional Park

She told several stories about the Park District’s 89-year history. The 1930’s debate surrounding the District’s creation featuring two giants of the twentieth century, Governor George Pardee and Major Charles Lee Tilden. Contra Costa voters decision in 1964 to join EBRPD doubling the districts size. Last, but certainly not least, how the Iron Horse Trail came about in the 1980’s a combination of citizens demands, Park District master planning and elected officials saying “yes”.

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