November 15, 2016 > Thank you for making 2016 Day on the Bay a big success
Thank you for making 2016 Day on the Bay a big success
By Supervisor Dave Cortese
For some of the 10,000 who joined our 7th Annual Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival, the event began on two wheels along the scenic Guadalupe River Park Trail to Alviso Marina County Park.
About 200 bicyclists joined me and Supervisor Ken Yeager on our first Bike to the Bay, an 8.5-mile community bicycle ride to the park. Some were some pulling carts with children and others riding solo, enjoying the beautiful weather and the scenic Guadalupe River Trail.ÊOrganized by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, San Jose Bike Party and my office, the free family-friendly ride was a great new addition to our festival on October 9 at the park on the edge of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge. The ride organizers are one of the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers I want to thank for making Day on the Bay a success.
Even though the event is in its seventh year, my wife, Pattie, and I never cease to be impressed with the dedication of the volunteers, the talent of the performers and the important work of the nonprofits, agencies and businesses who connect park visitors to vital services. WeÕre also grateful for the generosity of our donors who provide the giveaway prizes. Strolling through the festival, we reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a community with such diversity.
At the same time, festival participants were connected with a common goal Ð to have a good time. They were taking kayak rides, choosing pumpkins, climbing a rock wall, racing zucchini cars, shooting pucks into a Sharks inflatable net, eating hamburgers or veggie-burgers grilled by the Santa Clara County Firefighters and enjoying the many volunteer dancers and musicians performing on two stages. At our Resource Fair focused on health, our guests also were able to receive flu shots, blood pressure screenings, vision checks, massage therapy, chiropractic exams and stress tests. All for free.
A special thanks also goes to the County Parks Department for co-hosting the event for the seventh year and to my staff for the hard work in planning, setting up and managing the daylong event, and to the Santa Clara County Firefighters Association and the County Public Health Department.
Thank you to our other Gold Sponsors: The Health Trust, San Jose Sharks, The Groove Foundation, Bytes and Notes, Cavalia Odysseo and Walgreens. We couldnÕt have done it without you!
So, thanks to all for attending the 2016 Day on the Bay, and we hope to see you next year.
Do you have an idea for next yearÕs event or feedback from this yearÕs?ÊPlease call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at email@example.com.