elings-park-history

A little history on Elings Park

elings-park-historyOriginally created at Las Positas Park, and briefly known as Las Positas Friendship Park, the Elings Park that we know today has had some milestone events (and individuals) in its history.

In January of 1965, Jerry Harwin (Recreation Commission Chairman), Bill Burtka (City Parks and Recreation Director), Michael Pahos (City Park), Caesar Uyesaka (member of the Recreation Commission) and Foster Pratt (member of both the Recreation and Park Commissions) began meeting to consider the possibility of converting the city’s closed 97-acre city dump site to recreational use – to plan an “athletic park.” This was the genesis of “Jerry’s Dream.”

Later in 1965, Orel Bond, Bill Bertka, Bob Kallman and others joined the group and they began to work and plan as the Las Positas Park Development Committee. In the next five years, this group donated and raised over $50,000 for the Park Capital Improvement fund, enabling the hiring of the landscape architectural firm of Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes and Beck.

In March of 1968, the Park Development Committee determined that Phase I of the Park’s development would be the Las Positas Tennis Court Complex – and the journey began!

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