Any time I can get out of the car, stretch my legs, breathe some fresh air and take photos is a very very good day. And because I use that excuse to have a good day, I have accumulated a ton of photos in my albums. Just like these photos I took on New Year's Eve, they were still sitting on my PC waiting for their time to be featured here.
Alvarado Park abuts Wildcat Canyon - another park that is one of our regular spots for walking and is close to home. It's also a very convenient, being so close to town.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Alvarado Park:
Alvarado Park (formerly Grand Canyon Park) is a subsection of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond, California and is a National Historic Place. It is located at the mouth of Wildcat Canyon is the Alvarado Park section. Between 1909 and 1923, Alvarado Park was a private park that was owned and operated by local residents. In 1923, it was donated to the city of Richmond. Then, in 1985, it was incorporated into Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and forms a historic district.
In its early years, Alvarado Park was served by its own streetcar line from the East Shore and Suburban Railway, a Key System precursor, which was later discontinued. The park district made certain improvements including a new children's play area, conversion of parking into meadows, and demolition of dilapidated structures. It was also the home of the Grande Vista Sanitarium, later known as Belgum Sanitarium.Though the associated buildings have since burned to the ground, their foundations and the surrounding grounds, including an orchard remain. The park also features distinctive and noted stone masonry, retaining walls, and classical stone lampposts. The lampposts are no longer lit. A stonework bridge spans Wildcat Creek in the park main entrance. The park district is currently struggling to return the river to a more natural state in hopes of restoring its fish population and their runs. The park also featured an open air pavilion dance hall which was converted to roller rink, and subsequently destroyed by fire.
This stone stairs goes down..........
We took the same familiar paths by the eucalyptus trees.
And ended up in another part of the creek where we photograph......
Along the way we managed to capture these:
You see I'm quite behind with my postings :).