On Saturday, native historian and creator Dennis Evanosky led Oakland City Paths on a stroll exploring the Hayward Fault, in addition to another attention-grabbing bits of geology between the Redwood Heights Recreation Heart and the Mormon Temple. We’re within the early levels of utilizing a registration system to get a greater deal with on the scale of the walks, so as an alternative of 125 folks like we had a pair years in the past when Dennis final led this stroll for us, we had been closed to a way more manageable 60 folks (and a pair of canines).
We began on the rec middle, then went previous the close by Redwood Heights Elementary Faculty. Sadly, after the varsity was constructed, a hint of the fault was discovered to be very shut by. To adjust to a state legislation that wasn’t but in impact concerning the minimal distance between fault traces and colleges, they tore down the multi-purpose constructing and eliminated a part of the primary constructing that was too shut.
We additionally checked out a sag pond which is now an EBMUD reservoir, realized about thirty fifth Avenue’s position as a approach to transport redwoods from the hills right down to the harbor, and talked in regards to the Gold Star Streets which had been named for locals who died in WWI.
Alongside Rettig, we walked a peaceable stretch of highway beside a stretch of Peralta Creek. It is peaceable as a result of a landslide shut off entry to the highway, and it was determined to maintain it closed after the cleanup.
After some climbing, we got here to the location of the London Highway Slide. This slow-moving slide in 1970 destroyed a piece of London Highway, together with 14 homes, but it surely may have been much more spectuclar due to the jet gasoline pipeline that used to run by means of the realm.
Extra climbing took us to the Mormon Temple, the place we noticed teams from a number of quinceañeras (a Latina celebration of a woman’s fifteenth birthday) getting their footage taken, and the gorgeous gardens and fountain on the temple grounds.
Because of Dennis for main the stroll, and to everybody who got here out for it. And thanks to your persistence as we work out the registration system. November’s stroll will likely be “Buffers and Boundaries,” led by Ruth Miller. See the stroll calendar for extra data, and hope to see you on the paths!
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