Park District Announces Presenting Partnership of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Symposium


The East Bay Regional Park District today announced it is a Presenting Partner of the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West symposium. Presented by the National Association for Olmsted Parks and its partners, the symposium will explore Olmsted Jr.'s lasting influence on trends and issues specific to the American West, including land and water conservation, metropolitan growth, our national and state park systems, and protection of the region's unique environmental resources.

“Green space makes a community attractive. There are health benefits, social interaction benefits, and pleasing physical attributes. It gives us a chance to have a more public life and reconnect with neighbors and nature in the same place. Olmsted Jr. has given us a way forward. The principles he put forth are great guidelines as we look at redeveloping many of the places in which we live.”
- Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Today’s challenges in managing the unique environmental resources of the American West were also important matters Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. addressed through his work shaping the National and State Park systems, and advising cities on the future of their open space and natural resources. We thank the East Bay Regional Park District for their support in presenting this important event as we explore Olmsted Jr.’s legacy and insights to solve complex contemporary issues.”
- Iris Gestram, Executive Director, NAOP

"The Olmsted report of 1930 played a pivotal role in the creation of the East Bay Regional Park District, as did Olmsted’s work on the National Park and State Park plans. The principles outlined then continue to inspire the District's present-day initiatives - such as Healthy Parks Healthy People and our community outreach programs to diverse audiences."
- Robert E. Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West, will be held at Stanford University, March 27–28, 2014. The symposium will offer an in-depth look at Olmsted Jr’s vision and lasting legacy. EBRPD General Manager Robert E. Doyle will be among the presenters on March 27. A tour of East Bay Regional Parks is offered on the 28th as an option for symposium attendees.

To register, please visit

Learn more about the Olmsted-Hall report and How it Shaped the East Bay Regional Park District. Visit the EBRPD Master Plan page – Vision – Master Plan 1930 to download the report.

The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.

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