50th Anniversary – Ohlone Park

Friends of Ohlone Park (FOOP)

50th Anniversary festival in the park

Saturday June 1st

• 11am – Re-dedication of the Ohlone Mural with artist Jean LaMarr and members of the Muwekma Ohlone tribe (Hearst & Milvia)

From Noon to 4pm the entire park will feature various events including:

Ohlone Park History Pavilion

Photos and various materials display and a panel of participants discussing the formative years of People’s Park Annex that preceded Ohlone Park

California Indian artists and craftspeople

Who will demonstrate basket weaving, string-making arts, bead work and other traditional crafts, as well as  teaching Indian games

Ohlone Dog Park

Featuring education session with “Mutts in Training” from 2 -3 pm

Ohlone Park Community Garden

Tours of the garden

Kids Fun Fest

Games and entertainment

Old Time acoustic music jam

Open to all musicians

Bike valet, a plant and crop swap,
dance and martial arts classes, clowning and other children’s activities, food
vendors, and for more information see our Press Release here

 

Kite flying near the Jungle Gym built in 1969 and removed in 2018 by Parks Department (Photo by W. Newton – August, 2016)

In 1969 a group of neighbors occupied the strip of land along Hearst that BART filled in after digging a tunnel for the new rapid transit system. They planted trees, built a series of local DIY play structures (like the one pictured above), and cultivated gardens.

Volunteer parties on weekends and sometimes during the week brought out dozens of neighbors. Often music and food tempted many more to visit and enjoy the merriment.