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Our History | East Bay Regional Park District

The East Bay Regional Park District of today is the result of decades of hard work by innumerable citizen activists, elected district directors, general managers, district employees, environmental organizations, public officials, volunteers, and taxpayers who have collaborated to ensure that residents in this region will have access to a system of magnificent regional parklands.

Read the stories of our history and heritage.

80th Anniversary – Celebrate eight decades of your East Bay Regional Parks with special events and historic photos.

75th Anniversary & Timeline - This account describes selected events for each of the seven major eras that were important to the formation and growth of the Park District.

A Vision Achieved -- Fifty Years of East Bay Regional Park District - this commemorative, photo-filled book was released on the 50th anniversary of the Park District to chronicle the founding and first half-century's growth of the Park District.

Living Landscape - A probing account into the history of the Park District on its 75th anniversary. The book, by writer and oral history researcher Laura McCreery, focuses on the people, events, and issues that shaped the largest and most innovative regional park system in the country. Living Landscape is available at Regional Parks Visitor Centers.

~ Our Vision (Master Plans) - The East Bay Regional Parks will preserve a priceless heritage of natural and cultural resources, open space, parks and trails for the future and will set aside park areas for enjoyment and healthful recreation for generations to come. An environmental ethic guides us in all that we do.

Hulet Hornbeck (1919 - 2012) - Hulet enjoyed a distinguished career as Chief of Land Acquisition of the East Bay Regional Park District from 1965 through 1985, serving legendary leaders William Penn Mott and Richard Trudeau.

~ The Oakland Hills Firestorm ~ 20 Years Later - Many years have passed since the catastrophic Oakland Firestorm raged through the hills in October 1991, but for the East Bay Regional Park District staff members who fought it, the memories are still vivid.

~ East Bay Fire History - The East Bay has a long history of wildland fires and over time the East Bay has become increasingly more prone to fires.  

Anza Exploration in the San Francisco Bay Area - The East Bay Regional Park District in collaboration with the National Park Service have produced fourteen interpretive panels and a brochure covering the Anza Exploration.

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