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June 4, 2013 > Exploring a 'hidden gem'

Exploring a 'hidden gem'

Submitted By Elizabeth Ames

Save Our Hills is organizing a gathering at Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens in Union City on Saturday, June 8th. Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens, part of the East Bay Regional Park system, is a hidden gem that consists of a historic cottage built in 1900, a garden with multiple trails, and lots to explore and see.

Local historian, Timothy Swenson from the Museum of Local History, will give a talk on the history of Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens, and the surrounding land from pre-historic times to the modern day. Save our Hills and the Museum of Local History are working together to have Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens listed on the California, and possibly the National, historic registry.

Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens is an example of historic preservation done right. Although not part of Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens, agricultural fields just outside the park are a contributing factor in creating the historic setting of Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens. This land is the last large area used for agriculture in Union City. The Masonic Homes of California is again trying to develop the flat lands along Mission Blvd. These lands are protected by ballot measure II, voter approved in 1996. Elizabeth Ames of Save Our Hills, will talk about the Masonic Home plans, how it affects you, and what you can do to help preserve the scenic views of our hills.

Come to Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens, listen about the past, the future, and explore the many paths in the garden. Parking for Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens is at the end of May/Whipple Road. Both parking and entrance to the park is free.

Save Our Hills is a group of local citizens to prevent incompatible developments that threaten the agricultural, recreational and open space resources within the City of Union City. The Save Our Hills website is

Dry Creek Cottage and Gardens tour
Saturday, June 8
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
End of May/Whipple Road, Union City
(510) 371-1311

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