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Community Participation

RD-071412The Park District continues to fulfill its mission of improving the access and use of its Regional Parks by all members of the community by offering special programs to introduce them to our beautiful parks and to encourage all to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. 

In 2015, the Park District hosted the 5th Annual Ivan Dickson Multicultural Trail Maintenance Day, 3rd Annual Round Table for multicultural community leaders, and has led four Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Wellness Walks for members of those communities. 

Additionally, the Park District partnered with ethnic media to expand outreach to Latino and Asian audiences through frequent radio interviews and editorial features with Latino radio and newspapers; and Korean and Chinese radio, TV, and newspapers.

Ivan Dickson Multicultural Trail Maintenance Day

RD-2011Since 1996, the Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program has managed dozens of trail projects with thousands of volunteers contributing thousands of hours of volunteer labor.

Media Coverage

May 16, 2015 – Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, Hayward 

Jul 12, 2014 – Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, Hayward

> Hyundae Korean News USANewspaper Article (Korean) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Aug 10, 2013 - Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

> New Tang Dynasty TV, TV Broadcast (Chinese)
News story on volunteers pruning and restoring trails. Includes interviews in English with several community leaders and Park District staff.

> Buenas Tardes con Celina KZSF 1370 AM, Radio Broadcast (Spanish)
Interviews with student-volunteers, who talked about their love for the regional trails and their experience helping improve the environment.

> Hyundae Korean News USA, Newspaper Article (Korean)
Story on Northern California Korean-American Alpine Club members removing vegetation and repairing trails damaged by erosion. This was their second year of service.

Jul 4, 2012 - Garin Regional Park, Hayward

> Hyundae Korean News USA, Newspaper Article (Korean)
Article on Northern California Korean-American Alpine Club members volunteering at the event. This was their first time volunteering at a park. They removed vegetation and repaired trails damaged by erosion.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area: Multicultural Wellness Walks

RD-9746Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) is a worldwide campaign to encourage healthy active fun in the outdoors while appreciating and taking care of our parks and open space areas. Through the HPHP program, the Park District is working to support public health and to reach members of ethnic communities to promote our Regional Parks. 

During 2015, we have led four HPHP Wellness Walks where participants learned about nature through naturalists programs, and enjoyed music, basic yoga movements, and laughter yoga, in addition to multicultural aspects, such as food, music, and dance. An average of 70 people from the Latino, Chinese, Korean, African American, and Indo-European communities attended the walks.

Media Coverage

Nov 15, 2014 – Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol

> New Tang Dynasty TV, TV Broadcast (Chinese)
A doctor from Children’s Hospital in Oakland, a Park District partner in the new Parks Rx program that aims at bringing at-risk children and their families outdoors for health and recreation, attended this walk.

> Sound of Hope Radio, TV Broadcast and Online Video (Chinese)
Interviews in English and Chinese with a diverse group of participants in this walk. Participants learned to sing “butterfly” in many languages, including Tagalog, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.

Oct 18, 2014 – Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley

> New Tang Dynasty TV, TV Broadcast (Chinese)
Music made with natural elements highlighted this nature walk. People learned about the trees and birds that inhabit the lake and its surroundings. Nature displays and naturalists were at hand for participants. At the end, the Korean Hiking Club offered food and camaraderie. Interviews with staff and participants in English.

Aug 16, 2014 – Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland

> New Tang Dynasty TV, TV Broadcast (Chinese)
Interviews in English with participants and Park District staff. About 100 people attended this event. It included learning basic yoga movements and laughter yoga exercises.

> Sound of Hope Radio, Radio Broadcast and Online Video (Chinese)
Interviews with participants and staff in English. A Park District Naturalist taught participants about the shoreline and the habitat it provides for birds and other wildlife.

Oct 5, 2013 - Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont

> New Tang Dynasty TV, TV Broadcast (Chinese)
About 70 first-time participants from the multicultural community hiked and learned about the history of the park, the wildlife habitats, and the Ohlone culture.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festivals

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival - 2013

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival - 2012

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival - 2011