Happy 80th Birthday East Bay Regional Parks

Full Moon, Mount Diablo Regional Park by Rachel Medanic
This month I am giving thanks for the now 80 year existence of the East Bay Regional Park system. It's a great milestone to celebrate along with Earth Day! We are the generation they were thinking of when they planned it all. It was hard but I kept all #MyBeautifulEarth photos focused on this lovely greenbelt for the occasion.

The vision for the East Bay Regional Park system began in 1930 under the stewardship of the Olmstead brothers. Bay Nature magazine has a wonderful historical piece about it.

Olmstead was also a Nature benefactor in my home town of Boston. For a few years as a girl, my local "park" was the Arnold Arboretum. He saw, many decades in advance, why we need Nature in urban spaces. Where I used to walk among the big trees and scour the trails for tracks left by police horses, my daughter can now walk amid the redwoods, eucalytpus and oaks in search of ladybugs.


How are you celebrating your green spaces for Earth Day 2014?


Lakeside by Lake Temescal, Temescal Regional Recreation Area by Rachel Medanic


Branches, Roberts Regional Park by Rachel Medanic

Mt. Diablo Regional Park, California by Rachel Medanic
 
Raptor in the sky, view from Roberts Regional Park, California



  
Happy Couple, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, California by Margaret Speth
Yep, this us from 2007.

San Francisco East Bay view Mt. Diablo California by Rachel Medanic

Ladybug Trail, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California by Rachel Medanic

For more photos from all over earth, visit my Flickr stream or see my past Earth Day posts.


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