Civic Park -Walnut Creek, CA.


 Saturday May 22. 1999

By: Michael J. Foley, PLS

Saturday, May 22, 1999 marked the kick-off celebration of the 25th anniversary of the bond issue that financed the purchase of the first 1800 acres of Walnut Creek's open space and the 100-year celebration of the old Borges Ranch, located at the base of Mount Diablo. The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation sponsored the event. Brenda DeLa Ossa of the 25th Anniversary Committee contacted MDSHS member Keith Nofield, inviting MDSHS to attend this first of many Walnut Creek Open Space events planned for this year. This two-hour event, which started at 10:00am, was a special event for MDSHS as only a few select organizations were invited to attend. Harold (Hal) Davis and I, represented MDSHS at this event.

The Walnut Creek Mayor pro tern and City Council members were transported to the event, located in the gazebo in civic park, by the Wells Fargo Bank's historical stagecoach. Several hundred members of the public listened to speakers including an impersonator of Theodore Roosevelt dressed in period costume.

After the speakers were done talkin, the public was invited to partake in refreshments of coffee, juice, cookies and bagels while viewing the dozen or so booths representing a variety of public service groups. Dan Payne, the new MDIA (Mount Diablo Interpretive Association) Director, introduced himself, and made a donation to our building fund, Thank you Dan!

The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation is a non-profit organization registered with the State of California that works to preserve and restore open space land owned and operated by the cities of Walnut Creek and Concord California. Members support these activities through their membership dues and through their work in the Foundation's activities. Non-members are also welcome to participate in Foundation work projects. The Foundation is a purely volunteer organization with no paid staff and very low expenses.

To find out more about the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation itself, click here to visit their website.


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