Happy Anniversary, East Bay Regional Park District. I'm gratified you made it to this, your Diamond Jubilee.
From humble beginnings in 1934, the District has grown not only in area but in prestige as a world class example of how a special district can serve so manyof its constituents.
The District has a rather full slate of activities scheduled throughout 2009, and I daresay there's an event, hike, program or celebration to suit just about anyone. You can take advantage of fun stuff, fee - free days and much more by checking out the District's website, ebparks.org . I hope to hike 500 miles on District land this year. I could do that and not repeat a single trail. With the backpack camps, long regional trails, legendary loops and upcoming wildflower dispays I can hardly wait to get out and explore.
Oh, and let's not forget my other pet program provided by the District - it's sign up time for the annual Trails Challenge. The Challenge is once again sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, as it was last year. This means there is no entry fee! You must complete 5 trails from a list of chosen routes, then submit your results to the District in order to receive your commemorative pin and goodies. For signing up, you'll get a Trails Challenge T - shirt (of which I've gathered more than a few), and a booklet of the trails picked by the District's staff. This year, the booklet will be on the website in order to conserve paper, making this an event more green than ever. Jump in to the website today, ebparks.org , and sign up the entire family. There is also a Kid's Challenge which I hope will help drag children away from their electronic vices.
Once again, in case you missed it, for both 75th Anniversary events and Trails Challenge, go to ebparks.org and jump into the outside! You'll feel better, your family will thank you and your dogs will beam at you through happy furry faces.