Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Concord Nature Park

The Markham Regional Arboretum (16 acres) is a natural arboretum located at 1202 La Vista Avenue, Concord, California, USA      Ira and "Bee" Markham, the original owners of the property, sold the parcel of land to the city of Concord in 1966. They requested that the area be kept as natural as possible, growing primarily local plants and trees for the area's residents to enjoy.  Concord Nature Park is a completely different place in the Winter than it is in the Summer .The first picture seen here in this posting was taken at the end of the Summer when the Creek is all dried up and the leaves are just beginning to fall... the second picture is  a recent photo of the Galindo creek taken this earlier week when the creek  was full and the recent rain wattered the park well...Ira was an interesting old fellow ,as he used to tend the land and reside in his house on it even after he gave it to the  City of Concord to be used as a public local nature reserve.Today the site where his home was is a bare field .However i can still remember him from my years playing there as a kid and how he gave such a wonderful gift to our city.,,Thanx Mr.Markham ...I feel the City Should put a Monument Where their Home site was...Truly A Great Concord Pioneer...

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