The idea of protecting land for public use was born 150 years ago when Yosemite was preserved and ceded to the state of California. Since then, the California State Park system has grown to 280 parks on 1.4 million acres and into the largest state park system in the country. The past few years have brought significant changes to the department, many of which have affected 61 state parks located in the 10 counties of the Bay Area, dozens of partners, and thousands of people in the Bay Area.
At our Rainy Season Gathering we will commemorate the 150th anniversary by discussing two aspects of California State Parks: the Parks Forward Commission and private/public partnerships. Our speakers include:
- Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
- Caryl Hart, Director of Sonoma Regional Parks and Commissioner for Parks Forward, will moderate
- Danita Rodriguez, District Superintendent, California State Parks
- Andy Vought, President, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
- Ken Wiseman, Executive Director, Parks Forward
We will hear about what is happening today, what the next year holds in store, and what the 160th anniversary might look like. And there will be cake!
Our Rainy Season Gathering will be held on January 16, 2014 from 10am-1pm at the Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. The program will run from 10am-12pm. A delicious lunch will be served at 12pm with plenty of time for talking with colleagues.
Starting in January 2014, tickets to our Gatherings are $25. Open Space Council members and supporters can register at no cost. If the $25 is prohibitive, please contact Matt Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds are not available. Tickets won't be sold at the door.
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Bay Area Open Space Council
The Bay Area Open Space Council is a collaborative of member organizations actively involved in permanently protecting and stewarding important parks, trails and agricultural lands in the ten-county San Francisco Bay Area.