What a beautiful day we had for the North Richmond Shoreline festival on Bay Day 2016. The community celebration brought together almost 1600 locals to learn from our speakers, local organizations and exhibitors about how to better protect and responsibly enjoy the beautiful shoreline here at the San Francisco Bay. What a great place to live, a wonderful resource for our community, and what a community! All ages partied together, thanks to the many talented musicians and the extra special food that we all enjoyed, prepared by Mario's Catering from San Pablo.
Thanks to everyone who participated and made this a joyous celebration of Bay Day and our Shoreline.
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park was at its best, prepared for the day by an enthusiastic crew of Park Rangers, led by park supervisor, Britt Thorsnes.
The perfect weather contributed to the feeling of a family picnic with music and activities for all ages. So many people stopped to tell me how much they had learned about our community and our environment from the large number and variety of exhibit booths. A big thank you to every exhibitor for the information and the fun.
Thanks to the City of Richmond and Mayor Tom Butt and his staff for joining us and for proclaiming the first Saturday of every October to be the official Bay Day celebration, coinciding perfectly with the NRSOSA shoreline festival. Thanks to the City of San Pablo for the sponsorship and to Mayor Rich Kinney, who personally contributed so much time and energy. Thanks also speakers County Supervisor John Gioia, Bruce Brubaker from TRAC and EBRPD Shoreline Park Manager, Kevin Takei for responding to our need to understand the environmental and governmental issues around the Bay and the Bay Trail. Many thanks to all the volunteers, the teachers and students, the Hilltop community and to all the committee members. Each one contributed talent, skill, time, and energy. All of our efforts paid off with an outstanding celebration of our community and our bay. Thanks to all 1,600 for joining us at the 2016 Shoreline Festival!
Special thanks to the Festival Committee: Whitney Dotson, Kevin Takei, Britt Thorsnes, Norma Jolley, David Moore, Rich Kinney, Marci Valdivieso, Ricardo Valdivieso, Robert Rogers, Marena Brown, Vivian Williams.