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July 11, 2017 > Park It

Park It

Submitted By Ned MacKay

Ardenwood Railroad Adventure Day
Railroads used to connect many of the farms and towns in the East Bay. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont still has its own narrow-gauge railroad, operated on a 1.25-mile track by the non-profit Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources.

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, Ardenwood will host Railroad Adventure Day. Visitors can take a ride while learning the history of the railroad and the farm. An all-day pass costs $3 per person for ages 2 and older, and is good for unlimited rides. ArdenwoodÕs regular admission fee is also charged. Parking is free.

Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, just north of Highway 84. For information, call 510-544-2797.


Nearby at Coyote Hills Regional Park, thereÕs a drop-in nature Discovery Days program from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The staff naturalists lead hands-on exploration and crafts for the entire family. Come to the visitor center at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation about the topic of the week, or stop by any time during the day.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. For information, call 510-544-3220.


Wednesday Walks are naturalist-led hikes of varying difficulty that explore a different regional park each time. Hikers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

ThereÕs a Wednesday Walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on July 19 at Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Meet at the trailhead at the end of May Road off Mission Boulevard in Union City for a more strenuous six-mile trek along the High Ridge Loop Trail. For information, call 510-544-3216.


Celebrate National Ice Cream Day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. You can help naturalist Susan Ramos crank out some old-fashioned ice cream, then sample it while learning about its secret ingredient from the sea.

Crab Cove also offers Family Nature Fun from 2 to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, with a different topic and activities each week. The visitor center is at the end of McKay Avenue off AlamedaÕs Central Avenue.

And donÕt miss the next free Concert at the Cove, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, sponsored by the park district, Regional Parks Foundation, and Alameda Rotary Club. Performers are the Patsychords, a Patsy Cline tribute band.

For information on the visitor center programs and the concerts, call 510-544-3187.


If you enjoy evening campfire programs, you have three choices. ThereÕs a campfire program from 8 to 9 p.m. every Saturday in July and August at Anthony Chabot Campground off Redwood Road in Oakland. ThereÕs another from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays from now through Sept. 2 at the Del Valle Regional Park Campground south of Livermore. And there will be a campfire program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley.

For information about the Chabot campfires call 510-544-3187. For Del Valle the number is 510-544-3249. And for Big Break itÕs 888-327-2757, ext. 3050.

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