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August 8, 2017 > Workshop on Coyote Hills

Workshop on Coyote Hills

By Ayn Wieskamp

In 2014 the East Bay Regional Park District received a donation of 296 acres of the Patterson Ranch, which expands Coyote Hills Regional Park eastward to Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont.

This addition will enable the District to improve public access and restore wildlife habitat as well. As part of the process, the District will hold a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 in Fukaya Room A of the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Boulevard.

At the meeting, District staff will provide information about the Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project, and seek suggestions from the community.

For more information about the project, visit the District web site at www.ebparks.org/about/planning#patterson, or contact Karla Cuero, project coordinator, at (510) 544-2622.

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If youÕd like to learn more about the original inhabitants of Coyote Hills and their descendants, thereÕs a free program at the park about the Ohlone people and their culture, scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20. Naturalist Francis Mendoza will talk about the Native AmericansÕ intimate relation with nature, family and their ancestors, as well as the Ohlone values of fairness and generosity.

Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. ThereÕs a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. FrancisÕ program is for ages eight and older. Meet at the visitor center. For information, call 510-544-3220.

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The always-enjoyable Historic Rail Fair returns to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont during the Labor Day Weekend, from Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4.

All kinds of railroad-themed activities will be available for kids and adults alike, including steam train rides, hand car rides (you have to work to drive that), displays of garden railroads, model railroads, rail yard equipment, early gas engines and tractors, and the childrenÕs Hobo Game.

Ardenwood recreates life on a nineteenth century farming estate, centered on the historic Patterson House. The farm is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, just north of Highway 84 (the Dumbarton Bridge approach).

Entrance to the fair is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 4 through 17. Kids 3 and under are free. For more information, call 510-544-2797. Parking is free.

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Wednesday Walks are a series of naturalist-led hikes, ranging from easy to challenging, that explore various regional parks. Everyone is welcome.

ThereÕs a Wednesday Walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on August 30 at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. This one is a somewhat strenuous climb, a five-mile round trip to explore the fruit and olive growing history of the area.

Meet at the parkÕs Foothill Staging Area. ItÕs on Foothill Road about a mile and a half south of Castlewood Drive in Pleasanton. For information, call (510) 544-3282.

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Visit the East Bay Regional Park District web site at www.ebparks.org for all kinds of good information: an activity guide, park brochures with trail maps, and news about district projects and programs.

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